It's because women still fight to earn the same wages as men.
It's because teenage girls are still sluts and whores and bitches when they try to be in control of their own bodies and lives.
It's because we've never had a female President.
It's because we've never had a female President but I can find fifteen t-shirts or onesies on any given day proclaiming the wearers desire to be a princess.
It's because on any given news channel you'll read stories of companies trying to take away women's rights.
It's because of the man in the next bed over during my most recent hospital stay who declared "look at all these attractive women doctors, you know all they had to do was wink to pass med school."
It's the conversations of those around me at my sister's dance competitions judging not by skill and performance, but how "pretty" one doesn't or doesn't look up on the stage.
And it's the conversations of those around me at my sister's dance competitions pointing out how "big" the legs of one girl are, how the "bigger girls" should be more covered up. And it's the fifteen year old girl, half naked, gyrating around on the stage to a song that keeps repeating "do what you want with my body" while no one bats an eye.
It's the fact that beauty spas for toddler girls exist and include make-up artistry.
It's the fact that not liking pink isn't even an option despite the fact I have never liked pink, and I'm pretty sure I'm still a girl.
It's the fact that people around me declare girls who aren't in pink aren't dressed like girls, like a color can somehow define you.
It's the fact that my father exclaimed at dinner last night how women shouldn't be allowed to fight in the military, even if it's their dream and desire to do so.
It's the fact that girls are still universally seen as weak and, if they try to assert their strength, are placed back in the bitch category.
It's the fact that now an innuendo-laced establishment exists where half-naked women sell frozen yogurt.
It's the fact women who breastfeed their children are still being accused of showcasing an inappropriate sexual act.
It's the fact that you have to like shopping and glitz and glamour and fashion to be a girly girl and if you don't, you're somehow less than a girl. You become a tomboy, like you're suddenly no longer a girl.
It's because girls play princesses and boys play in the dirt. If you're a girl who likes sports and don't mind getting your hands dirty, you get homophobic slurs thrown at you.
It's the fact that I select my physicians by experience and expertise and my mother still points out how the female ones don't wear any make-up.
It's the fact that I can't turn on the local news network without seeing infomercial after infomercial on how to better one's natural appearance through surgery or pills -- all geared for women, of course.
It's the pressure and societal standards that scare me. It's because I know what it's like to come home from fifth grade as the only girl in the class not invited to a birthday party because I don't act like a girl.
It's because I know my daughter will be able to do anything and because I also know that society will try to strip her of those rights.
It's because whatever my daughter likes is her choice and her decision.
It's because I want her to experiment with her hair or make-up or clothing if and when she wants to, not because someone tells her she "needs a little make-up" -- just as I would for my son should he ever decide blue hair suits him nicely a la sophomore year.
I want her to decide what she wants to be when she's an adult, not a onesie, even if she decides she wants to be a darn princess.
It's because my husband doesn't think he owns our daughter's sexuality and because this new trend really creeps us both out.
It's because I want my daughters to grow into women who enjoy sex as men are supposed to, without them feeling shame or as if it's taboo and indecent.
It's because I want my daughter to be as free to play sports or catch lizards or like Spiderman as she is to play princesses or carry a purse without insult or comment.
It's because I want it to be her decision whether or not she wants to stay home and start a family or pursue her dream career -- not a sense of archaic obligation.
It's because I want my daughter to be free to get whatever tattoos she wants -- or doesn't want -- without someone telling her to act like a lady.
It's because it's a whole lot of lead by example that I don't want to fall short at and the pressure is enough to make my knees buckle.
It's because I don't want to shelter my children but I'm not sure how to protect a girl from our society and that scares me.