A father and writer wrote a post about "rules" for dating his daughters. It was a more feminist take on the usual possessive memes that circulate on this subject. The post has gone viral. There's a weird stereotype when daughters start dating of the dad waiting by the door with a shotgun, joking about how he'll somehow maim her date if they usually he do anything that the dad deems disrespectful. This stereotype has morphed itself in the internet age to memes about the "rules" for dating my daughter.
But one dad took a more empowering and feminist approach to this, and his post is going viral. Warren Welch from Tennessee crafted a post with the title "Rules for dating my daughters" and posted it on various social media sites on September 3.
You will respect them, and if you don't, I promise they won't need my help putting you back in your place. But the kind of posturing by fathers of daughters I was specifically responding to had nothing to do with that 'protective instinct' and everything to do with asserting their dominance over women and reinforcing a belief that women need men to take care of them.
He expressed his gratitude for his daughters, saying that he knows full well they don't need him speaking for them in relationships because they're so brilliant. These girls are my heroes! The post about his brilliant daughters seemed to strike a chord with many parents and daughters themselves. The post went viral, being shared more than 11, times on Facebook, with an overwhelming amount of positive feedback, Welch wrote in a separate post.
He said he knows his daughters don't need him to speak for them in relationships. Amen," one commenter wrote. Possessive parents need to chill on treating their kids like property and like they have no sense," a Facebook commenter said. Advertisement And there were a lot of people who said their dads had a similar attitude. I assure you, your promise will hold true," another commenter wrote. Welch told INSIDER that his daughters don't quite know what to make of their dad's new viral fame, but that the positive reaction has given him some hope about the state of the world.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive, which really gives me a lot of hope for the world my girls live in. And while every parent will find what's right for them, we can all learn a little something from Welch.