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12 Children's Books That Smash the Patriarchy

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As an athletic, fiercely competitive tomboy growing up, with a calm and more amenable older brother, I grew tired of the constant comments about how girls and boys are supposed to be.

Fine, boys can be quite energetic and rough. Guess what… so can girls! I never liked playing with Barbie dolls, but my best friend Jeremy sure did.

And when a child’s actions do seem to align with gender stereotypes, how much is nature, and how much is due to cultural conditioning and societal norms?

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