Now let me paint a picture of my dad, he is a known republican who spends most of his free time hunting and fishing. He also is the most intelligent and loving man I have ever known. This past weekend I spent in the deer stand with my dad and I came to the realization that there are so many lessons I have learned from him, and many of these lessons are what made me the feminist I am today. They are…
- How to be the protector. I was taught at a very young age that we stand up for those we care about and those who can not stand up for themselves. This has guided me in my friendships, my family dynamics, and most importantly my feminism. To be the protector I must be a intersectional feminist, I was taught to support equality for EVERYONE regardless of differences.Via Giphy
- I was taught how to shoot a gun, cast a line, and shoot an arrow. Hunting and fishing is a long practiced tradition in my family. It is how my grandparents survived the great depression, and how my family survived the recession in 2008. Being able tp provide for my family is one strength in its own. The main lesson I have learned from this is how to protect myself. I am not saying I am against gun control, not at all, however, growing up with this environment I have been taught skills that gives me the confidence that I can protect myself. And this my friends is one of my main sources of independence. I do not look to men for my safety, I protect myself. Via giphy
- What good music is. As you can tell from my past posts, music is a major influence in my life. My dad introduced classic rock, blue grass, and classic country to me while growing up, #deadheads. Now we have this shared bond of music, even though we have several differences music provides us with the connection unlike most. Via Discogs
- Not to judge a book by its cover. As cliche as this sound it is a valuable lesson. My dad comes off as a very open conservative, redneck, and old fashion man, as the majority of my facebook timeline does. However, my dad supports my independence, my wanderlust, my strive for equality. So there’s always something more than what is seemed at the surface.
My dad has taught me many many more lessons, like how to grille or check my oil. However, these four feministic lessons I thought were important to share. My mom and brother also teach me numerous things through out life and I love them dearly for it, but feminist lessons from a father are unique. My challenge for you all today is to think back on your relationship with your parents and guardians, how you might disagree and struggle to bond. And think about the underlying lessons that might be there. Find the positives in disagreement and be thankful for the education and impact they have had on your life.