Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/15/2012

On Having A Feminist Father

Not my dad and me. BUT IT COULD HAVE BEEN.

I’ve often heard that having a daughter can be one of the most formative experiences in a man’s life. Generally, I’ve been told, it’s an experience that allows men to understand women’s issues on a completely different, more fully empathetic level. Every time they hear about something like violence against women, street harassment or double standards, they picture their daughter and finally understand the full injustice involved. I think it’s possible that this was something my own father experienced.

Don’t get me wrong, I think my Dad has always been a particularly empathetic, kind and all around wonderful human being and I’m positive that was true long before I came into the world (in fact, I have been blessed with …

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Feminism | Posted by Julie Z on 06/22/2009

Father’s Day: Obama Style

Okay, I know Father’s Day has come and gone, but I just gotta add this one thing that  would really be relevant at any time.


Obama and daughters

Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha


President Obama wrote an article for Parade Magazine in honor of Father’s Day, in which he describes his own relationship with fatherhood and the importance of having present, caring fathers involved in their children’s lives. I encourage everyone to read it: it just makes you think “I’m glad our country finally did something right.”

Some highlights:

“That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.”

“We need to set

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A Little F'd Up | Posted by Julie Z on 06/21/2009

The History of Father’s Day


aw. how touching.

aw. how touching.

This is history from the history channel’s website, so you know it’s legit:

The first known celebration of Father’s Day was on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia, where it was commemorated at William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South – now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton is believed to have suggested it to her pastor after a deadly explosion in nearby Monongah in December, killing 361 men.

It was also during a sermon in 1909 that Sonora Smart Dodd became inspired by Mother’s Day. After the death of her mother, Sonora and her siblings were raised by their father William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Sonora wanted to show how thankful she was to her father and, because William was

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