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1. If he grows up to be a writer he should watch movies written by women, movies with female protagonists, and movies that tell women’s stories so that he will also be able to write complex realistic female characters because that is just better writing.

2. If he grows up to be a video game designer he will be able to design games that have cross-over appeal, tapping into a larger market, making games that are accessible to the other half of the population, or at least people his games with females that are there for more than just their T&A.

3. If he is a teacher or coach he will be able to understand his female students better. He will be more comfortable and effective teaching to them.

4. If he is a manager he will see the value in hiring women and paying them equally to what he pays men. He will create and uphold a professional environment where women are treated with respect and given equal opportunities.

5. If he grows up and falls in love women won’t seem so mysterious. He will have some understanding of what makes them tick. He will be more comfortable with her needs and feelings, because they won’t be foreign. He will be a better husband.

6. If he has a daughter he can be more to her. She will feel like she can share her interests, likes, loves, and feelings with him and he will be better able to advise, comfort and support her. He can help her dream big and reach those dreams. He will be a better father.

7. The more accurate representations of females that he sees in the media the more he will see women as real people, equals and peers. He will be able to be a more fully developed person and a better man.

Seeing Brave wont accomplish all this, but it is a start. Here are some other movies I recommend you watch with your son,the earlier you start the better:

Spirited Away by Miyazaki
Howl’s Moving Castle by Miyazaki
Ponyo by Miyazaki
Nausicca by Miyazaki
My Neighbor Totoro by Miyazaki
Kiki’s Delivery Service by Miyazaki

Pippi Longstocking

Coraline
The Secret of Nymh
Inkheart
Labyrinth
Whale Rider
Annie

Matilda
Beetlejuice
And when they get older pretty much anything by Joss Whedon.

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