This year Black History Month comes at a pretty devastating time in the nation's history. Despite steps forward, the continued prejudice against non-white Americans has come into the spotlight again with persistent systemic racial violence and a new President whose casually racist platform has encouraged white supremacists to come out of the woodworks.
One of the biggest reasons I hear from parents why they don't discuss gender and sexuality with their children is, "they're too young to understand." What I hear with that response is, "it's not something I understand or am comfortable speaking with them about." Children will learn anything we teach them.
America, with all its wealth and technology, doesn't seem much further along than third-world countries when it comes to how women are viewed. The fact that someone like Donald Trump has gotten as far as he has, spurred on by millions of militant, mindless followers, leaves a rather bleak view of women's rights and their future status. We should all be concerned.
Trump's VP pick, Mike Pence, has a wife named Karen. Mrs. Pence developed a product called "THAT'S MY TOWEL!" I was first alerted to this by a piece published in Jezebel--a number of my readers sent me the link--about how Mrs. Pence decided the world problem she needed to fix was the fact that people might mix up towels.
Moments, those times in our lives when we wish they could go on forever and ever. I just had a day like that. My youngest son got married and I watched as his life begins in a whole new way. That same day I sat with my other son and as we played with his daughter, my first grandbaby during the reception.
All year round, the nation is fed a steady diet of false claims about dads. These myths hurt everyone -- children, women, men, businesses, and all of society. They fuel the backward structures that prevent gender equality from taking root. (Why offer men a chance to do caregiving if they're just going to sit around and do nothing anyway?)