Noa, your response was actually what was odd, in that it chooses to criticize the blog — not for what it actually says, but what it doesn’t say.

First, it is a blog, so it does not reflect our full thinking about the plethora of issues that we think are important to improving child well-being, including child rights.

Second, the criticism is misplaced, as we are quite focused on child rights. Read our other blogs and resources on our website (www.firstfocus.org). Check out our Twitter account, @ChildRightsUSA, that is exclusively focused on the issue of child rights.

And, although you somehow missed it even though it was just a blog, it specifically highlighted child rights. As just one example, I wrote:

“Consequently, the public received little or no information from the ‘mainstream media’ about the critical issues facing our children, such as child poverty, early childhood, child nutrition, bullying, child abuse and neglect, college affordability, juvenile justice, homelessness, child safety, and the fundamental rights of children in this society.”

Pretty much every single one of those issues is related to child rights, but just in case you missed it, I even specifically highlighted “the fundamental rights of children in this society.”

The blog also underscored the problems facing refugee children in detention, which is clearly a child rights issue.

Therefore, I agree that our nation should do much better on the issue of child rights, but it would be helpful if you “take off your (own) blindfolds” and read a little more carefully before pointing fingers.

Last, although the blog was not about feminism, I am proud to say that I am both a child advocate and a feminist. Feminism is not anti-men, and it is not about preferential treatment or taking away the rights of men. Feminism is about equality for men and women and eliminating stereotypes that harm both genders.

For example, as gender equity has improved with respect to child rearing, this has clearly benefitted children. First, men are much more involved with their children than they were in the past. In addition, due to improving societal norms around gender balance in child rearing, polling reflects that younger adult men are far more likely to understand the problems facing children and to be supportive of making children a greater priority in federal, state, and local policies than older men. These are progressive changes for children and, let’s be clear, they are due to feminism.

@BruceLesley — President of @First_Focus & @Campaign4Kids. Child advocate, husband & father of 4. Basketball fanatic. Follow on Twitter: @BruceLesley.

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