A ridiculous statement made in jest to remind everyone of their responsibilities. Did it make you angry? I was uncomfortable writing it. Cultural norms of today make me broach any topic deemed a woman’s issue with some trepidation.
However, society has also allowed much latitude to a mother protecting her cubs. I lay claim to such latitude allowed women as a father protecting his daughter. As a father trying to protect and teach his teenage girl — beautiful from the inside out, smart, and caring daughter — I have witnessed old and new threats to the well-being of every daughter in the country. The old ones are almost laughable now compared to the new threats.
Historically, a father’s attention and worry was of almost singular focus — the suitor vying for his daughter’s attention. I have looked forward to having fun with the now clichéd scenario of having my daughter’s date showing up at the door while I was cleaning my gun. Alas, today’s father faces far more dangerous and formidable foes vying for his daughter: the results of feminism, the prevailing culture of women’s so-called empowerment, and effectively being shut out of the conversation.
Do you remember the Virginia Slims cigarette slogan “You’ve come a long way baby”? It came to mind when reading a New York Times article titled “The End of Courtship?” It describes today’s dating scene as one comprised of mere text messages, hook-ups, and main hangs that show up at events instead of a date. Instead of requiring minimal respect from a male to go on a date, there has been an ongoing devolution from traditional dating, to friends with benefits, then the booty call, to hanging out if she happens to show up somewhere. According to those interviewed, there is little effort required of the male. Women must now seize upon opportunities for attention like a glance at a softball game. And the ability to decipher text messages as to intent and interest is a must for any woman looking for any type of relationship.
A young male chauvinist pig from 1950 couldn’t have imagined a more perfect result than what feminism has wrought — less hassle and better results, for the male. What a con job feminism has turned out to be for young women.
And what do we make of a culture that hardly blinks at young women agreeing to be a sugar baby? Haven’t you heard it? This is worse than the Julia campaign.
Fox News 2 in Detroit reports that over 800 co-eds at four Michigan universities are signed up with a service that hooks them up with “sugar daddies.” All the student has to do is provide “companionship” to the sugar daddy. In return, the “sugar baby” receives approximately $3,000 per month for tuition and expenses. “I think it’s a great idea,” said one MSU student while cameras were rolling. Others didn’t agree. “It seems kinda like prostitution almost,” said another student. Well, duh — because it is prostitution, not empowerment.
What can be done to reverse the dehumanizing devaluation of women as reflected by these examples, not to mention the sex selection abortion of girls? As a father, I ask the women of America, the most influential voting bloc in politics — what the heck are you doing? What woman’s issue is more important than the deepening objectification of our girls? And why are men, especially those in the Church, automatically disqualified to participate in women’s issues?
Every man has a mother whom he loves dearly. Some have sisters whom they love more than they say. We have wives we cherish and thank God for every day. And, lucky men like me have daughters who opened up our male minds to teach us, just by being themselves, the true strength of, the beauty in, and dignity of the feminine.
With that in mind, please know that most men, especially those with daughters, are your allies and we look for your leadership. Women have the power to determine where we go as a country. Moreover, women are obligated to challenge the current societal and cultural norms of how our daughters are viewed and treated. The 19th Amendment affirmed it. And this father is asking — are you woman enough to do something about it?
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- Has Feminism Gone the way of Hansel and Gretel? A Feminist Response To “The Social Construction of Gender” (mtholyoke.uloop.com)
- Violence Against Women: Call to Action (darlasbooks.wordpress.com)
- Feminism is for everyone – including trans women (thefword.org.uk)