Home Politics & Philosophy SAVING MY FEMINIST SISTER



Question: “My younger sister is 21, identifies as a feminist, enjoys partying, has casual sex, and has a group of friends who I think are bad influences. She’s been struggling with depression on and off for the past five or so years. I worry that she is becoming dependent on therapy. There was a time when I reprimanded her and she kept her distance from me for a good six to twelve months. I am afraid of rejection from her. I want to be able to get through to her without her cutting me off. While trying to help her, I asked her to make a five-year plan. She said she’d like to be moved out of our parents home and in a long-term relationship. I worry that as a feminist and as someone who constantly needs to have her feelings affirmed, she is not going to be able to find a high-quality partner. How can I be a good influence on my younger sister?”