Are there any good books out there introducing feminism to 9/10 yr old DDs?

(19 Posts)
abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 09:13:09

sorry, I'm sure there's a reading list somewhere in the topic, but not sure if there's anything suitable for this age.

TIA

There are lists of fiction books that have strong, positive female main characters, if that's what you mean. Or do you mean non-fiction books about women getting the vote etc?

OneHolyCow Thu 17-Jan-13 09:32:13

Pippi Longstocking!
The old swedish tv show is also good, you might be able to find that on dvd.

HestonsFatCock Thu 17-Jan-13 09:36:47

Don't forget the importance (perhaps even more so) of introducing feminism to your DSs as well. I would be interested to see if there is anything to capture my DSs' interests, especially DS 1, aged 9.

abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 10:25:35

Thanks for the lists - I really meant non-fiction I suppose, but those are a good start.

Hestons I have 3 dds smile

I smell a gap in the market ...

abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 10:52:30

OK, so what would be the 10 guiding principles of feminism in terms a 9/10 year old girl (or boy) would understand?

How about something like: if the boys don't think about it, you don't need to think about it either - ie, 'are my legs fat?', 'I shouldn't join the chess club cos it's only for boys', etc etc.

any more?

CaseyShraeger Thu 17-Jan-13 11:12:15

There may be something on A Mighty Girl... although I don't remember noticing anything (but there are a lot of really good fiction and non-fiction books on there so it's worth checking out)

CaseyShraeger Thu 17-Jan-13 11:23:18

This isn't exactly what you're looking for, but sounds promising... but it's nearly £70! It might be available from the library, though.

abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 12:17:04

Casey thanks for those links smile That website looks the best hunting ground.

yessirnosir Thu 17-Jan-13 12:27:26

My dd (10) loves Girls are Best, by Sandi Toksvig. It's not specifically about feminism, title says it all really, it's about all the unsung important women throughout history. What could be a better place to start exploring feminism than there and talking more about why they are unsung, though I think it may go into that in the book, haven't read it myself, maybe I should!

FelicityWasSanta Thu 17-Jan-13 12:29:46

If boys don't think about you don't need to is a good one.

But also, if boys do think it you don't automatically have to.

abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 14:00:06

YY

Also something along the lines of 'Never let a boy/man tell you you should do something because you're a girl'.

any more, any more, roll up grin

grimbletart Thu 17-Jan-13 14:07:29

A slight twist on abitcold's point: "Never let a boy/man tell you what to do simply because he's a boy/man."

herewegoloubylou Thu 17-Jan-13 14:08:54

Great thread, marking placd.

abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 14:35:50

actually of course it should be 'Never let anyone tell you ...' <slaps wrist>

what about 'Practise looking people directly in the eye and being assertive'

tho might need to be tweaked to suit their age ...

abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 14:49:29

or ... 'You have just as much right to anything as the boys, whether it's to be heard, teacher's time, food, space, fun ...'

feministefatale Thu 17-Jan-13 16:15:27
abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 20:03:17

ooh that looks good for the younger ones. Thanks smile

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