There's a Bare Naked Ladies song I've always identified with:
When I was born, they looked at me and said
What a good boy, what a smart boy, what a strong boy.
When you were born, they looked at you and said
What a good girl, what a smart girl, what a pretty girl.
We've got these chains hanging round our necks
People want to strangle us with them
before we take our first breaths
Our society expects boys to be strong and girls to be pretty. And as we raise our children, our interactions condition them to fit this mold as best as possible. It's difficult to break free of this because it's how we were treated growing up, it's what we've always seen, and so the pattern continues.
And though I wanted a girl, the ability to raise a girl who is more interested in books and culture than makeup and clothes is a difficult thing to do in today's media-rich society, where she's going to be constantly bombarded with images of the "perfect" girl.
A friend of ours, whose daughter is one month and one day older than Addison, posted the following article on her facebook wall. I found it very interesting and wanted to share...
How to Talk to Little Girls
Next time you're given the opportunity to interact with a little girl, I encourage you to try what the article discusses...try and break the chains we're bound with at birth.