Obama wrote an essay published August 4, titled, “This is What a Feminist Looks Like,” in which he stated, “We need to keep changing the attitude that raises our girls to be demure…”
Obama makes it clear in his essay that he has not raised his two daughters to be demure, saying, “when you’re the father of two daughters, you become even more aware of how gender stereotypes pervade our society. You see the subtle and not-so-subtle social cues transmitted through culture. You feel the enormous pressure girls are under to look and behave and even think a certain way.”
How his eldest daughter, Malia, behaved at a recent concert has been the trending topic on social media recently.
Malia skipped the Democratic National Convention, instead attending a Lollapolooza concert in Chicago. Video of her behavior has been circulating widely over the past few days, and most of the feedback has not been positive.
In his essay, Obama quoted his heroine:
“One of my heroines is Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who was the first African American to run for a major party’s presidential nomination. She once said, “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, ‘It’s a girl.’ ” We know that these stereotypes affect how girls see themselves starting at a very young age, making them feel that if they don’t look or act a certain way, they are somehow less worthy. In fact, gender stereotypes affect all of us, regardless of our gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”
Obama wrote, “We need to keep changing the attitude that punishes women for their sexuality and rewards men for theirs. We need to keep changing the attitude that permits the routine harassment of women, whether they’re walking down the street or daring to go online.”
He does not mention, however, the massive, skyrocketing number of sexual assaults and rape attacks that are being committed on a daily basis by Muslim refugee men in Germany…. While he is admitting tens of thousands of Muslim refugees into the U.S. as well.
Obama says he is a feminist, and will continue fighting for women’s rights in America, while he has consistently praised Islam, whose law suppresses women’s rights.
His entire feminist essay is published on Glamour.com.
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