A dad used his daughter’s princess phase to teach leadership skills, and it’s perfection.

The way this dad handled his daughter’s “princess phase” is parenting at its best. Thanks to Disney upping their princess game with strong, independent female leads, raising a princess-obsessed daughter isn’t as potentially problematic as it used to be. But parents still worry that their little girls’ fascination with sparkling crowns and palaces may lead them to unhealthy ideas about gender roles and expectations. Will she think it’s desirable to be a damsel in distress waiting for a handsome prince to rescue her? Will she realize that that petticoats and corsets are totally impractical, or see them as the sacrifice one makes for being pretty? Will she romanticize the wrong things and flush away everything her feminist foremothers fought for? …

This man used to be homophobic. Heres why hes now a huge supporter of LGBTQ rights.

Matt Hershberger grew up in conservative, suburban Cincinnati, but since he never knew anything else, the effects of that more conventional mindset didn’t phase him, at least not at first. For example, the community’s approach to educating kids about sex came down to abstinence only. “It was just ‘exercise self control’ preached to masses of horny kids,” Matt writes in an email. So unsurprisingly, he and his friends went to less reliable, oftentimes super misogynistic outlets — like the internet — to learn about sex. As a result, a strong undercurrent of toxic masculinity began to build up in them. Photo by papaioannou kostas/Unsplash. And homophobia wasn’t far behind. Some of the boys that Matt hung out with had homophobic …