The world today does not seem to care about girls as it should, and sees them just as a way to make moneySteve Biddulph
Raising girls in the 21st Century | Steve Biddulph
Biddulph explains in ‘Raising girls in the 21st Century’ that corporations have made millions from the ‘pinkification’ of girlhood. The challenging demands of modern society and the pervasiveness of the internet and social media has exaggerated anxiety, narcissism and led to increased childhood exposure to pornography and other detrimental factors to girls development.
Biddulph challenges societal gender norms with a gentle undertone of antisexism, suggesting that the unconscious gender biases with which we treat our children can lead to much of the complications encountered with raising girls. “I am sure that no parent sets out to disadvantage their girls around a useful number of skills, yet we unconsciously start making the boys practical and the girls emotionally focused. So here is a suggestion – perhaps we ought to reverse this!”
Biddulph classifies girlhood into five stages: Security, exploration, learning to get along with others, finding one’s passion and then preparing for the freedom and responsibilities of adulthood. He provides parents with useful tips and warnings for each stage along with practical advice to help understand your daughters development.