Astute readers and those familiar with my affinity for the coarser aspects of the English (and most other) language(s) will doubtless surmise / probably guess what the asterisks in the title of this post stand for, and I highly recommend ordering your own bookmark (well, it’s a sticker, but let’s be real, I use it as a bookmark). [The link is slightly NSFW – that’s Not Safe For Work or for you if for some misguided reason you aren’t a fan of four letter words.]
ANYHOW, the real purpose of this post and its accompanying title is to direct you to a delightful article by Lisa Bloom, “How to Talk To Little Girls,” in which she suggests:
Try this the next time you meet a little girl. … Ask her what she’s reading. What does she like and dislike, and why? … [G]enerat[e] an intelligent conversation that respects her brain. For older girls, ask her about current events issues: pollution, wars, school budgets slashed. What bothers her out there in the world? … Tell her about your ideas and accomplishments and your favorite books. Model for her what a thinking woman says and does.
I know lots of thinking women who do this very well, but it’s always nice to see a reminder (and in the Huffington Post, ho hum).