Because the idea of my daughter’s virginity is too precious isn’t the same as I want my daughter to be safe. A little bit of sex positivity goes a long way to making our daughters feel comfortable about talking to us about any relationships they do pursue. I’m also willing to give other parents the benefit of the doubt that they’re also doing their best to raise young men and women who will be able to enter safe, consensual relationships even at a young age. That line reads to me as “I knew I wanted to have sex all the time and a young girl can’t expect that if we’re dating, I shouldn’t be allowed to act out those urges.” That, dear D.
Because “dad as daughter’s keeper” plays a big role in telling our young girls to defer to the men they look up to in their lives. Now, people are yelling at their shattered computer screams yelling “No way you douche, you won’t want your daughter going on dates! You’re a hypocritical asswipe.” I probably am that but not because I think it’s okay that my daughters makes their own choices for the people they want to bring into their lives. uses when they talk about the significance of the shirt. I hope both my daughters have fulfilling relationships no matter what the sex is like if sex is even part of it.
Maybe it was purchased on a lark or maybe it’s a family joke thing where they all look at it and laugh and want to burn the shirt at a campfire. shirt without the obvious other suggestion of Dads Against Boys Who Must Want To Assault Daughters? Stop treating your daughters like meandering princess lost in the woods.
I also know there’s a high probability it was his partner or someone close to him who bought this shirt in some back alley joke t-shirt box who bought him said shirt.
I’ve stopped making jokes about how I’m going to invest in a shotgun collection when my daughter starts dating. A bit of fatherly bravado masking the fact that we’re in over our heads when it comes to raising daughters? Of course I want to protect my daughter from those who would treat her like an object.
A harmless coping mechanism for dads who are secretly terrified their daughters will meet a younger version of themselves someday? Of course I want her to make good choices about who she spends her time with and how close she allows them to get.
Now, I know there's every chance that the man (can I safely assume dad? In fact, very little of what he did the day I watched him sporting his D. There's Dads With Shotguns on Prom Night and also Dads Who Lock Up Their Daughters Vaginas When They're Born. Dads For Daughters Dating, or Dads Who Accept Their Daughter's Choices is more in line with how we're trying to raise our girls.
But at face value, a shirt that reads Dads Against Daughters Dating is horrible for a number of reasons: This shirt comes in many forms. If you want to wear a shirt that supports your daughter's future why not wear one of the It Starts With You: #Im AMale Model campaign that speaks to ending violence against women? Make sure they know they're strong enough to make choices and that those choices have weight of their own, even before they've come to dear dad asking for his blessing.
Dads Against Daughters Dating (Shoot the first one that comes around, and the word will spread.) But what message are we sending our daughters when we (jokingly) threaten to shoot their boyfriends? I definitely internalized the message that since the boys WEREN’T chasing after me, there was something wrong with me.” Words — even those said in jest — mean something. When my daughter hears me say I’m going to need a shotgun to fend off her future love interests, what I’m teaching her is that her body is something dangerous, something to be locked away, something to be ashamed of.
A time to spend with our families doing things we often end up fighting over, a time to complain about how hot it is (only if we're talking about the humidity of course), and a time to watch men on the beach walk around with their young daughters proudly wearing their D.
I expect "I know what went on in my head when I was a young man," is the first line of defence a D.
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