“You’re a Good Girl Na?”: Why We’re Raising Our Girls Wrong

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“You’re a Good Girl Na?”: Why We’re Raising Our Girls Wrong

Illustration: Sushant Ahire

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nce upon a time there was a young girl who really just wanted to cut her hair short. The idea of sporting short hair got her excited, but everytime she insisted that she wanted to chop off those locks, she was told by her parents, “You are a good girl; good girls don’t have short hair.” She failed to wrap her head around what made short hair “bad”, but all she knew was, she had to be a good girl. Short hair = bad girl – she pinned this down in her memory.

She was sure that she wanted to be a good girl. She was always asked, “You are a good girl na?” When she wanted to spend some more time playing with her friends, when she wanted to watch more TV, and even when she cried out loud after falling from a chair. “Good girls don’t cry and make noise,” they would tell her.

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