Ryan Reynolds Is the Best Feminist Dad Ever
Don't you dare call his daughters "bossy." Ryan Reynolds' take on empowering his two girls is total #parentinggoals.
Ryan Reynolds is one seriously woke dad—at least according to his wife.
In a recent interview with Glamour, Blake Lively explained how her husband is doing everything he can to ensure their two girls—Inez, who will turn one in September, and James, age two—grow up to be fierce, independent women. How? Well for one thing, he knows his way around a gender egalitarian pronoun.
"I'm lucky to have someone who is so conscious," the Gossip Girl alum explained. "My husband was like, 'Why do I always say he?' And I said, 'That's what we're taught.' So he'll pick up, like a caterpillar, and instead of saying, 'What's his name?' he'll say, 'What's her name?'"
Pretty smart. The Deadpool dad also steers clears of words that seem to carry a certain stigma when attached to women.
"We've joked that my daughter is bossy," Lively said. "But my husband said, 'I don't ever want to use that word again. You've never heard a man called bossy.' There would never be any negative connotation for a man being a boss, so to add a negative connotation on a woman being bossy? It's belittling. And it doesn't encourage them to be a boss."
So true! We love the way this couple is hellbent on instilling feminist values in their kids at such a young age. But despite all the heightened awareness, Lively says she still has no idea how to be the best parent for a daughter. "All I can do is share what I'm thinking—and learn from others," she said.
Her current guru? Comedian Sarah Silverman. "[She] does a great bit that I'm going to butcher," she explained. "'Stop telling little girls that they can do anything. They already believe they can do anything. It opens the door for questions.' We're all born feeling perfect until somebody tells us we're not. So there's nothing I can teach my daughter. She already has all of it. The only thing I can do is protect what she already feels."
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Right on, mama! Inez and James are two seriously lucky girls to have these two informed parents in their corner!