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Christmas presents for Feminists (big and small!)

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everybodypuuuullllll Wed 13-Nov-19 22:39:26

If you're not in the Christmas spirit probably best you look the other way grin

But I've started my Christmas shopping and I thought it'd be nice to share some ideas for Christmas for the feminists in our lives, big and small.

I'll start - got these cards for my DD last year and we've played with them loads. They're set up as Happy Families but you can play lots of different games with them e.g. we used them to do a quiz on a long car journey, which worked well. You could read the booklet with info on a set of the women, then pick a card from the set at random and get quizzed on it.

Wonder Women: A Happy Families Card Game

(Linking to Amazon as I like reading their reviews and info, generally, but obviously there are more ethical shops out there)!

everybodypuuuullllll Thu 14-Nov-19 15:31:25

Anything for nurturing feminism in boys?

What age boys?

I reckon it's important for boys to have books etc with girls/women as the protagonist, just as much as it is for girls.

Given that books, films, TV programs etc with female protagonist are often seen as "for girls" whereas male protagonists are often presented as the default, if boys are never given "girls things" then it could be possible for boys can grow up to adulthood without ever having been exposed to storytelling with women as the lead, and therefore never having to consider that women have an internal life with actual thoughts and feelings! Or to put themselves in our shoes and empathise with us. That can't be healthy for any of us, surely?!

I try to give my DS plenty of books, films etc with women as the protagonist, as a starting point.

We loved The Accidental Pirate by Clare Fayers when DS was 9 or 10, for example.

Here's the blurb:

Twelve-year-old Brine Seaborne is a girl with a past . . . if only she could remember what it is. Found alone in a rowboat as a child, clutching a shard of the rare starshell needed for spell-casting, she's spent every day since housekeeping for an irritable magician and his obnoxious apprentice, Peter.

But everything changes when Brine and Peter accidentally break the magician's starshell and need to flee the island. Lost at sea, they blunder into the path of the legendary pirate ship the Onion. Before you can say 'pieces of eight,' they're up to their necks in the pirates' quest to find Magical North, a place so shrouded in secrets and myth that most people don't even think it exists.

If Brine is lucky, she may find out who her parents are and why they sent her out to sea. And if she's unlucky, everyone on the ship will be eaten by sea monsters.

It really could go either way.*

There's a second book in the series out now too I think.

TinselAngel Thu 14-Nov-19 15:41:49

Wild Womyn Workshop has some great things. The badges are particularly good.

Fantina Fri 15-Nov-19 18:28:15

I'm buying everyone I can a copy of Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez. It is possibly the most important book I've ever read.

MrsSnippyPants Fri 15-Nov-19 18:35:11

Good call Fantina, that is perfect for our ‘book and a bottle’ gifts.

teawamutu Sat 16-Nov-19 09:54:16

Great call, Fantina.

ThatsYouThatIs Sat 16-Nov-19 11:28:55

Thanks for this thread OP, it's just what I needed smile

Present Indicative have some lovely things on their site.

women who changed the world mug

suffragette items

fun stem books for kids

Rosa Parks fridge magnet/finger puppet

protest knits

Ada Lovelace soft toy

fight like a girl pencils

Marie Curie items

flintyminty Sat 16-Nov-19 11:40:54

Books for children
Sofia Valdez, Future Prez by Andrea Beaty

Will be getting this for my DN aged 8. He has just started asking questions about environment and politics (why can't I vote), so I thought this book with female protaganist would be a good start. Other books in series - Ada Twist, Scientist. Rosie Revere, Engineer

SpartacusAutisticus Sat 16-Nov-19 11:42:19

I think this should be about more than buying merch that has a feminist message. Support local businesses, especially those run by women, and buy from women artists and designers.

CarolCutrere Sat 16-Nov-19 11:50:02

Support local businesses, especially those run by women, and buy from women artists and designers

I agree. There's no particular feminist angle in the link below beyond these cards being created by a woman. They are beautiful, a bit different and no more expensive than mass produced cards.

Hullabalooo Sat 16-Nov-19 11:56:14

Thanks @everybodypuuuuuuuulllllll its a challenge raising a small hectic boy in the patriarchy to be a feminist!

arethereanyusernamesleftatall Mon 02-Dec-19 17:52:35

Thrilled to see this book out. It's a stereotype-busting picture book aimed at 3-6 year olds, to counteract the nonsense being put out by TRAs and encourage kids to be comfortable in their own bodies. I've ordered a copy for my daughter and another for her school.

The Times said:

Children’s author pens antidote to books peddling ‘wrong body’ myth

A children’s author has written a book to counteract “the explosion in gender ideology” that teaches children they can be “born in the wrong body”.

Rachel Rooney’s My Body is Me addresses concerns about the new sex education and relationships lessons that start next September.

Rooney says there has been an “explosion” over the past three years of books such as Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton in which an apparently male toy tells a child it has always known it is, in fact, a girl. Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall features a character that feels red despite being blue.

“I’m concerned children who may grow up to be gay or who are discovered to be on the autism spectrum are learning that the reason they may feel confused or different is because they were born in the wrong body,” said Rooney, a former special educational needs teacher. “It’s impossible to have the ‘wrong’ body. It’s a very worrying message we’re sending to children."

Rooney’s book focuses on healthy acceptance of bodies. It is being distributed through the website of Transgender Trend, a group that produces resources for schools dealing with children declaring themselves to be transgender. The number of adolescent girls being referred to gender identity services has risen 4,400% in the past decade.

It's only for sale via Transgender Trend I think.

The website says:

RacheI Rooney is a trained teacher in Primary and Special Education. She taught for many years across a range of school settings and has particular interest and experience working with pupils with ASC (Autism). She is now an award-winning children’s poet and picture book writer.

Jessica Ahlberg has been illustrating books for children for 18 years.

(And, they don't say, but she's the daughter of Janet & Allen Ahlberg who wrote & illustrated Each Peach Pear Plum, Burglar Bill, the Jolly Postman etc etc!)

wakemewhenitsallover Thu 19-Dec-19 23:16:50

I love the Radical Tea Towels stuff and also the Fawcett Society stuff = but aren't they both woke?

Antibles Thu 19-Dec-19 23:34:32

Stuff from the knitters that were getting flack? I can't find the thread though.

AndreaWard Fri 20-Dec-19 09:34:58

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koshkat Fri 20-Dec-19 09:42:21

Just want to say how much I love this thread and how much I love the FWR board.

As you were...grin

GoulashSoup Fri 20-Dec-19 10:53:23

I love the messages on these shirts

ScrimshawTheSecond Fri 20-Dec-19 11:03:43

I often have a look at A Mighty Girl for ideas for kids.

OhHolyJesus Fri 20-Dec-19 12:47:00

I want a Ruth Bader Ginsberg mug

'I dissent'

For Christmas and if no one buys it for me ai will get it myself and use it at work.

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