I’d like to apologize for being an absentee blogger of late. I’ve recently completed my education and am starting the job of my dreams soon. I hope you and I can both look forward to many more rules and many more ways to break the rules.
Please tell me this is not by the same author as 1001 Rules for My Unborn Son. Why is this so stereotypical? Lipstick, high heels, "don't rock the boat"? These rules seems a bit patronizing. To the ability and role of a female. Maybe I expected too much after reading the rules for sons.
You will be relieved to hear that this is not Walker Lamond, as alluded to in the side bar.
This is the second time someone has referred to these rules as patronizing or archaic and that it something I take rather personally.
I am, above all else, an advocate for the empowerment and advancement of women. I find that your examples are simple misunderstandings. Carole Lombard’s quote about lipstick was obviously satirical. Any reference to high heels is just practical as it is one of the only things women can wear in a formal environment. And “don’t rock the boat” was meant in a literal sense (I have been tipped out of a boat by a woman who had no idea one was not supposed to stand in a boat), as evidenced by the picture below it.
I usually don’t respond to praise or criticism, but by insinuating that I do not realize the full potential of women is essentially a slap in the face.
Please take all of the rules into consideration before coming up with such accusations. You’ve left out many of the rules I could use to defend myself.
The very purpose of feminism is to ensure that our daughters have the ability to actively make a choice. The point of these rules is that if my daughter chooses to lead a traditional (or what you would call “stereotypical”) life, she will have a few tips under her belt. If she chooses to seek out something more in life, then I hope these rules will give her the knowledge to prepare her for it.
It is patronizing in and of itself to look at the traditional path of women and scoff. Just as it would be if the roles were reversed.
I would also like to point out that when I talk about lipstick and high heels it’s stereotypical, but when Mr. Lamond talks about football and suits it’s perfectly acceptable. Feminism is not meant to browbeat other women. It’s meant to empower other women.