I want to be wary of making her embarrassed or ashamed of what she likes, especially if it seems girly. Because misogyny gets internalized. Because fantasy is the one game in which we all have autonomy. Because that unembarrassed power is a thing I want to preserve for my daughter.
You could call me crazy and weird and bossy and nerdy and neurotic and definitely adorkable but one thing I am not is bitchy. So indulge me while I get bitched at and bitched out and then totally betchified by "The Head Betches" of the hit website Betches Love This.
I currently have three tattoos, two of which are ridiculously girlie. The third is a tiny Chinese character that means "Sea." I covered it up every time I wandered through Chinatown, paranoid the tattoo actually read "Moron."
The infidels are here to crush your pearls of wisdom. Sorry. This is especially bad news for readers who hope that the poets of the world know something special, and that poems exist to deliver the goods.