As a stay-at-home dad of two boys, I have been asked if I think I would raise a daughter differently. No! If I had a daughter I would do exactly what I am doing with my boys.
I allow my boys to choose what interests them and allow them to try things some may think aren’t “fit for boys.” For example, my youngest has a baby doll that he carries with him everywhere and my oldest loves pink — things our society considers “girly.” I am not going to tell my boys what to play with even if it is not geared toward their gender. I love my boys unconditionally and wouldn’t want to hamper their imaginations by imposing artificial restrictions on them.
So why is it so crazy to think that a woman could play what has been a man’s game forever?
‘Pitch’ about 1st female big leaguer
I was invited to see a preview of the new show Pitch on Fox premiering on Thursday, Sept 22. Pitch, an American drama television series and the first scripted television program of its kind to be officially associated with Major League Baseball (that’s a pretty big deal!). It is about a young pitcher who becomes the first woman to play Major League Baseball. What a concept you say? I think this is awesome. I am so excited to see Fox pushing the lines on gender roles in our society today. I think it is a great time to present a positive view of a multicultural woman overcoming the odds in our world.
I do not have a daughter, but I have many friends who do. I hope their daughters can live a life that they want to live and not because it is what our society expects from them. Just as I want for my sons. I think this is a huge step for women and men everywhere. There is a line in the show “Doing something no one else has done,” I think this applies very well to the show and the Fox network. They are stepping up to the plate and showing that girls can lead too. There are not too many things that girls can do that guys can’t and vise versa. I think it is important for us all to do what is right for our own situations and allow others to do what they need to do.
I have only seen the pilot, but I can see that Pitch could be a huge hit for years to come. There are some crazy curveballs thrown in that you won’t see coming, so check it out and make sure to watch it all. I take my hat off to the Fox network and really hope it is a step in the right direction, to that helps our society change its exceptions on who can do what and not be held back by what traditional society has developed into. Fox has hit a home run in my book, so check it out and let me know what you think on the 22nd!
DISCLOSURE: The author would like to thank Fox and Red Tricycle for inviting L.A. Dads Group to the premier event. He received no other compensation and the opinions expressed are his own. A version of this first appeared on the L.A. Dads Group website.