Why I Decided to Teach My One Year Old Child About the #metoo Movement, Even Though He Doesn’t Know What a Thumb Is

Catherine Weingarten
Catherine Weingarten
May 15, 2020

I’m a mother of a one year old and I gotta tell you, it’s never too early to start teaching your son about the #metoo movement. He doesn’t recognize his own hand, but I don’t care what anyone says he needs to RESPECT. It’s my duty as a mother to teach these lessons to him because he is but a product of the patriarchy and could potentially commit sexual violence within the next year or so if I don’t do anything! I’m not afraid to take a stand.

Now this journey and empowerment for little Boscoe has not been easy, but I know it will be enormously healthy for him in the long run. I forgot to feed him yesterday but we’ve been watching some Woody Allen movies together as a teaching moment, and when he tries to laugh or touch the underaged hot actresses on the screen, I push his hand away. I also try to read him NY Times op-eds whenever a man in the entertainment industry is in trouble for either rape or assault. Babies are part of this society too and my job as his mother is to inform him and make sure he’s not bathing in his white male privilege.

Something very upsetting happened last week and it reminded me how important the feminist parenting methods I’ve been using are. My baby threw a jar of peanut butter on his friend Brielle, so I gave him a three-hour lecture on consent and safe words. That is not how you treat women and that showed a lack of consent understanding and domestic violence tendencies. Hopefully with more teaching, he won’t do anything of this heinous nature again.

This has been a challenging yet empowering journey for both me and Boscoe. I’m just glad he’ll be part of the solution and not the problem. And if he sucks in school when he’s hungry because I forgot to pack him lunch, then it’s for the best because the women in the class will rise up over him-and hopefully he’ll also stay 10 feet away from them at all times since that’s empowering!