Cultivating feminism within his children will be a guiding principle of his parental strategy, writes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Wednesday-published op-ed at Marie Claire. Raising his three children to be feminists, he adds, will help improve a Canadian society he broadly indicts as possessing a "culture of sexism."
Titled, "Why I'm Raising My Kids to Be Feminists," Trudeau pushes the feminist paradigm framing women as broadly oppressed by men. He expresses fear for his 8-year-old daughter Ella’s future on the basis of his feminist paradigm:
I love Ella, and I worry—because as a father, son, husband, and citizen, I witness the unequal obstacles women and girls face every day. It’s 2017, yet in Canada and around the world, women and girls still face violence, discrimination, stereotypes that limit them, and unequal opportunities that keep them from achieving their dreams. It is maddening to me that my brilliant, compassionate daughter will grow up in a world where, despite everything she is as a person, there will still be people who won’t take her voice seriously, who will write her off—simply because of her gender.
Protecting Ella from what he describes as Canada’s “culture of sexism,” writes Trudeau, requires the cultivation of a feminist outlook: “The best thing we can do is to help Ella learn, unshakably, that she is enough, exactly as she is. … That means raising her feminist. Full stop.”
The Prime Minister’s two sons — 9-year-old Xavier and 3-year-old Hadrien — will also be raised as feminists, writes Trudeau:
Gender equality is not only an issue for women and girls. …
I want my sons to escape the pressure to be a particular kind of masculine that is so damaging to men and to the people around them. I want them to be comfortable being themselves, and being feminists. ...
Our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism, and I want Xavier and Hadrien—when he’s a little older—to understand that deeply.
PEOPLE interpreted Trudeau’s comments as referring to “toxic masculinity,” a social constructionist term concocted to indict masculinity and frame differences between the sexes as arbitrary social constructs.
Feminism is a neo-Marxist ideology predicated on the axiom that women have been oppressed by and relative to men across human history. Whereas Marxism casts class struggle between the wealthy and impoverished as the primary driver of human history, feminism frames men and women as distinct and unified classes competing for power against one another in a zero-sum game.
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