08/19/2013 03:18 pm ET

How Do I Protect My Girls From Princess-And-Porn Star Culture?


As a mostly stay-at-home dad of twin four-year-old girls, I try not to get too far ahead of myself, especially when it comes to worrying. Right now, I’m concerned about how the kids are socializing in preschool, what movies and TV shows they should be allowed to watch, and how to minimize their reliance on potty-talk as a source of humor. I’ve tried to be conscious of the gender-norming pressures on my girls, and to counteract them when necessary and possible. So far, this has mostly consisted of offering them alternatives to Princess culture, and exposing them to toys, books, shows, and games that don’t seem designed to reinforce or cash in on gender stereotypes. This has been relatively easy, since my wife and I still have almost total control over the kids’ pop culture consumption. I try not to dwell too much on the bigger struggles coming down the pike; but at the same time, I don’t want to be absolutely unprepared when they’re 11 and idolizing 2020’s version of Miley Cyrus.

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