If feminism is an ideal to strive for, then why not start teaching it to children at birth? Or, in the case of Loryn Brantz's viral comic strip "Feminist Baby," who says a child can't be a born feminist?
Baby feminists aren't the only thing on this illustrator's mind. Brantz's Instagram account is a delightful mix of comics that nail the hilarious, aspirational, and realistic aspects of life as a modern woman.
The character in the comics is based on Brantz herself... kind of. She explains, "The character is a part of me, but not completely me all the time. Actually, most people don't know this yet, but in my mind, the woman character (Cleo) is Feminist Baby grown up."
What I love is that Cleo is so multifaceted; she can be a feminist and a princess at the same time. Why not?
She's also refreshingly self-deprecating.
She cares about how she looks, but not too much that it's an obsession.
And she's not afraid to put moments out there that most of us don't typically talk about.
Brantz has a new board book coming out in April 2017 that will feature her baby character, aptly titled Feminist Baby. "Feminist Baby is very much for babies," she tells us. "It's colorful and fun and certainly doesn't explain all the nuances of feminism. That said, it's one of the only books ever to try to introduce feminism to babies. People don't realize how important early reading is. It's in just the simple things throughout the book, like Feminist Baby saying 'no' to things and being proud of being smart is SO IMPORTANT for children to see."
Brantz says, "I hope that Feminist Baby will show little girls they can be whoever they want to be. Whether they're like Feminist Baby or not, it's their own choice. Feminist Baby is wildly herself with full autonomy and that's what all woman and girls should be allowed to be." Agreed.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.