Don’t Tell Little Girls They’re Pretty

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At least, don’t just tell them that.

Tell them they are capable, rational, and able minded. Tell them they can set their minds to anything they desire, and they can follow through on their dreams. Tell them that what they want to do is not limited by sex, gender, age, or any other socially constructed idea. Tell them they can have kids and get married if they want to, and if they don’t want to, they don’t have to do either. Tell them they can travel the world. Tell them that the world is a dangerous place, but that you have faith in them to survive it.

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