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  1. shehasathree
    shehasathree at |

    Thank-you for this post! I’d seen posters advertising a Steve Biddulph lecture on ‘raising girls’ and expressed my discomfort with it. I’d be more comfortable if it was girls and women talking about raising girls, or at least a feminist man.

  2. Helen
    Helen at |

    I remember the last time I saw an article by Biddulph in the AGE. It was all about how WRONG child care is. He was walking around some suburb and chanced to go past some low budget day care. Without going in or bothering to find out anything about this day care centre, he went on and on about the extential despair the kids were doubtless experiencing.

    I expect he’ll come to the conclusion that girls can be saved by stopping their selfish mothers from using daycare.

  3. Megpie71
    Megpie71 at |

    Nice to know that he’s going to be saving us all. I’ll look out for his white steed and suit of armour at a pre-primary centre near me, shall I?

  4. newswithnipples
    newswithnipples at |

    Ha, ha, he thinks women don’t talk about this stuff with other women. And also that modern feminism is about giving young women the choice of being a supermodel, movie star or pop singer. So clueless.

    I’d also like to criticise the journalist, Cosima Marriner – a senior writer at the Sun Herald – for publishing an article with just one voice. Sure, it’s a story about a speech he gave, but that doesn’t mean she can’t get another voice in there.

  5. shonias
    shonias at | *

    *sigh* He had these two good ideas – that many teenagers need adults other than their parents in their lives, and that school isn’t for everyone. They are good ideas, but he’s not the only one to have them.

    I wouldn’t have thought it was the basis of a career, but that just goes to show how wrong I can be. I’ll be sure to let my sister know she has Steve’s stamp of approval to be in my daughter’s life.

  6. Orlando
    Orlando at |

    “Biddulph said he assumed girls were doing fine”
    And then he had his head forcibly removed from his arse, and assumed the rest of us have also been living in colon-induced darkness.

    What has made me furious about this guy all along is his refusal to admit that there might be children who don’t want to conform to his rigid gender stereotypes, and that it is probably the very assumption that those stereotypes apply that is causing those kids harm. He’s all for letting boys be themselves, just as long as those selves don’t deviate from what he expects to see in a boy.

  7. QoT
    QoT at |

    mothers should model positive behaviours like healthy body image.

    Because it’s not like mothers might find that difficult. Women are all about their ~feelings~ so obviously we can just snap our fingers and change a lifetime of pressure from beauty standards and patriarchy and ~magically~ love our bodies unconditionally.

  8. orlando
    orlando at |

    @NWN, for example, they could have asked Maggie Hamilton about what she published on this matter back in 2008.

  9. angharad
    angharad at |

    It looks like I was right in my instinct to avoid reading his books. Essentialism makes me so angry…

    And of course no one has ever been thinking about girls, not here or here

  10. SunlessNick
    SunlessNick at |

    Nice to know that he’s going to be saving us all.

    Though his saving largely seems to consist of dispensing advice about what mothers, aunts, and other women need to do. I’m sure you’re shocked by this unexpected development.

  11. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help
    The Kittehs' Unpaid Help at |

    Along with all the other stuff he screwed up, I love the assumption that all girls have aunts and that said aunts are involved in their lives in any way.

  12. Aphie
    Aphie at |

    Eh,Nick, sounds no different to “saving boys” where he admonished “overly-attached” and single mothers to seek out male rolemodels, because otherwise they’d screw their sons over.

  13. Janet
    Janet at |

    I know I’m relieved we’re going to be saved and that a chap is going to start a new unstoppable brand of feminism. Oh yay! Fairy claps! *gags on rising bile* Retiring, is he? Sad.

  14. Purrdence
    Purrdence at |

    @Alphie – don’t forget, female teachers are screwing the boy students over too!

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