Many of us have complicated relationships with Father’s Day — and/or Mother’s Day, or let’s be honest, most Hallmark holidays. The notion of recognizing a specific person on a specific day can feel off-putting at best — and heteronormative and exclusionary at worst. For those of us who are lucky enough to have a father and/or partner with whom we do want to celebrate this day, Father’s Day can elicit a wide range of emotions, from nostalgia to grief to longing to just plain annoyance at the continuation of the white, male patriarchy even in 2021. Oh, and it perpetuates hetero relationships and capitalist culture, too. So, what are we celebrating again? Oh, right, dads we love! Because we do love a lot of them; just look at these celeb dads who are raising kids and teaching them to smash the aforementioned patriarchy.
After all, if there’s one type of dad we’re never shy about celebrating (and gifting) it’s the feminist dad. The dad who understands that feminism asks for nothing more or less than equal fundamental rights for all genders. The dad who isn’t threatened by strong women but is inspired by them. The dad who is intentional about raising kids in ways that empower all people and that challenge tired stereotypes. Hell yeah I’ll buy a gift for that dad.
So if you know a feminist father, read on. Our top picks for feminist Father’s Day gifts would make Rosie the Riveter (and, um, her dad) proud.
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A version of this article was originally published in May 2018.