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

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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.


ThreeBeeOneGee Thu 17-Jan-13 09:17:49

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?

ThreeBeeOneGee Thu 17-Jan-13 09:20:09

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


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

Have you read this?

abitcoldupnorth Thu 17-Jan-13 20:03:17

ooh that looks good for the younger ones. Thanks smile

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