A feminist mother says our culture makes raising daughters difficult.

March 27, 2013

Girl power—raising feminist daughters 
A mother of three young daughters, Kirsten Penner Krymusa, writing for Geez magazine, says, “I never imagined being both a feminist and a mom would be difficult. I knew I’d raise my girls to be strong and creative. . . . How hard could it be?” Much harder than she ever expected, she says. Why? Because she finds herself “doing battle with an ugly and monstrous girl culture.” Read about what she means. The concerns she voiced reminded me of a humorous song folk-singers Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer recorded in the mid-1990s called “Daughters of Feminists.”

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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