Having an eleven year old daughter is a big responsibility, guys. They’re at this pivotal stage in their lives where they’re not quite children but not quite teenagers, and boy don’t they know it. And the worst part of it all is that no matter how salient your guidance at this crucial stage in their lives, they are automatically going to turn their noses up at all of it because you are old and most definitely uncool. Luckily, there are some pretty rad women out there in the blogosphere (who are probably the same age as me but 100% cooler) who, lets be honest, have way better advice than I could ever give. In fact, these bloggers aren’t just great for your daughters – they’re great for any of the women in your life.
I have made no secret of my love for Tara of Cattitude fame, and she delivers a special brand of kick-assery that I most definitely want my daughter exposed to as soon as possible. I defy you to find somebody as period positive, as comfortable talking about sex and as confident in her knowledge of the anatomy of a vagina as this lady. I want my girl to soak up her words because they’re everything I need her to know, but from a younger and much cooler source who she is definitely more likely to listen to.
Alysse from Ready to Stare has some of my favourite clothing on the internet right now, so I was pretty stoked when I realised how amazing her blog is. She is a fellow fat who advocates total body positivity and offers amazing fashion in her clothing store, and her blogs really highlight how much of an impact fashion makes in her life. Sure, it sounds superficial to recommend that my daughter reads a fashion blog but there are two very important reasons for this: either she will be fat, or she won’t be fat. If she is fat I want her to have spaces like She Might Be and Ready to Stare where she 100% knows her worth and that she is not alone. And if she isn’t, then my God I want my girl educated completely and ready to be the best ally she can be.
I grew up in the middle of nowhere, so my daughter is lucky to have already grown up in a much more multicultural childhood than I ever did. While she isn’t Muslim and has never expressed any desire to dress modestly, I would love for her to read the likes of Dina Tokio who prove to young women everywhere that modest certainly does not mean drab, and for her to be aware of different ways of dressing your body. Dina manages to achieve pictures that look like they belong in high-fashion magazines, combining fun and quirky prints and amazing fashion advice, and has gone on to design and distribute amazing pieces for millions of other gorgeous women.
Finally, The F Bomb is the perfect little slice of the internet for a pre-teen daughter. In their own words, The F Bomb is ‘a blog/community created for teenage girls who care about their rights as women and want to be heard’, and that is 100% something I want my daughter to be part of. I hope that my girl grows to be the kind of woman who knows what she wants and who speaks up, and immersing herself in bad-ass blogs like this is most definitely a step in the right direction. What I love most of all is that The F Bomb offers a platform for the day that she herself decides she has something to say. It’s full of important worldly issues and I sincerely hope I can get her hooked on this blog as she grows into her teenage self!
Have I missed any out? Which blogs do you consider vital for your young’un?