These days, we all wonder what our digital legacy will be. More specifically, what exactly will our kids find out about us when they run our name through a search engine years from now? For most people, their children will find a handful of mostly-mundane Instagram pics, some dodgy Facebook statuses, inflammatory tweets, and maybe some prior job information.
But what if you’re a writer speaking about the tumultuous landscape of gender studies and feminism? That’s what Hugo Schwyzer wonders. And beyond finding his own site’s description of him: “an American author, speaker and professor of history and gender studies at Pasadena City College,” what will his daughter find?
Schwyzer’s had what the optimists would call “rich and diverse life experiences.” The cynics would say, on the other hand, that he’s “been in and out of the s**t.”
I’ve been sitting on this one a couple of days since it’s not time-sensitive, and because eff you, I felt like it, that’s why.
I first read this on Babble’s Strollerderby section, then on Jezebel, but ended up saucing the original article from Good Men Project. It’s a Hugo Schwyzer piece about Schwyzer’s own experience in possibly – or possibly not – fathering a child.
The Good Men Project Magazine is a great read for the modern man and tackles a lot of “everyman” topics, with varying degrees of success, as you may know from our other past references to them. This time around, Hugo Schwyzer hits and misses in talking about the “princess culture” of little girls. His view piggybacks a story from Redbook, (that piggybacks Peggy Orenstein’s book, “Cinderella Ate My Daughter“) which suggests that little girls dressing like princesses (and being praised for their beauty when they do) makes them seek equal attention as they mature, thus, turning them slutty – since sluts clearly get a lot of attention.
We’re going to go a little Inception here, because I’m talking about GMPS’ article, that’s talking about Redbook’s article, that’s talking about Orenstein’s book. Hopefully we don’t open a wormhole or sink everyone into everlasting limbo. But no promises. These are fathers’ issues after all. Wormholes are to be expected.