I'm really not crazy about the presentation of that article. Two ideas that don't join, it seems to me.
A letter to his baby is awesome, and many things in there truly are the secret to life--nobody can make your decisions but you, and the sooner you learn that, the sooner you can enjoy it. However, wrapping that beautiful sentiment around a fist aimed at Feminism is a punch out of nowhere, and reads more like sassy pouty finger-pointing than any true insight.
I mostly consider myself a feminist. I think I should have an an equal opportunity to a job as a man, earn compensation at the same rate. I don't think ladies invite or deserve sexual assault, and I abhor the mentality that 'it isn't that big of a deal'. I'm proud of the accomplishments my grandmother made for her daughter and what my mother made for me. I've never been critical of another woman for her decision to have children, and if she does, whether she should hold a job at the same time. That decision seems to be mostly financially based, but since I've never been in the position, its no business of mine to say so.
However, I've never encountered a violent gang of screaming feminists that .... what does he say again? ... "People – and feminists especially, because you’re a woman – won’t want you to achieve your ambitions, or do great things, or live on your own terms, because it is a raw and painful reminder that they haven’t done the same. " Haters gonna hate, alright, but how *especially* feminists do this, I'd love to know. The point of feminism is to empower, not destruct, and THAT is the lesson that should be taught, not that radical others are wrong.
This 'letter' was more disrespectful than kind. Why not just come out and speak your disagreements, why hide behind a child? That's certainly how it seems.
Oh! And calling women 'wretched bitches' in a letter written to your own daughter?! Thats a Super Awesome thing to say. Way to make an example. Calling other women bitches (or anything on the mean lady list) gives social permission for someone else to call her the same. Its not a difficult concept to understand and its not a hard habit to correct. That has nothing to do with feminism, either, it is basic reciprocal decency.
How about telling her that she can be the best in ALL of her classes, if she wants to. Tell her she can be a ballerina, or a physicist, or a lawyer, or a programmer. Tell her to stand up for herself when people are unkind or unfair. Tell her that her heart will break, but it will heal, and be made better for it. Tell her that courage is being scared, but getting the job done anyway. Tell her all of the things that stand her up and make her strong, not break her and other little girls like her down. The daddies that demonstrate respect and love towards the women in his little girl's life are the daddies that earn brave daughters. Tell her to be brave.