This Dad Is Busting the Daughter-as-Possession Myth With an Empowering Line of T-shirts
Instead of expecting fathers to protect their daughters with physical strength, this dad thinks we should expect them to build trusting relationships.
It was a few years ago when Mike Reynolds first started noticing posts of guys in shirts that read Dads Against Daughters Dating on social media. But as a father to two girls of his own—Leah, 6, and Charlotte, 4—the Canadian dad blogger didn't get it.
"I wondered why so many people thought that the best relationship a dad could have with his daughter was one where he treated her like a possession," he told Huffington Post, adding that the saying did not describe the relationship he had with his own girls at all—a relationship that included doing science projects together, making up bedtime stories, and talking to his kids about their growing and changing bodies.
"I think this is a relationship a lot of dads have with their daughters," he explained. "But they're told they should be protecting their daughters with their physical strength instead of building trusting relationships with them."
So true! Which is why Reynolds decided to create a new line of tees in order to explore, and hopefully change, what it means to be a dad to daughters. Called Everyday Girl Dad, the line aims to bust stereotypes and redefine masculinity through sayings like "Strength has no gender," "My role models are women," "You wish you could run like a girl," and, of course, "Dads for daughters dating."
So. Much. Yes!
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Reynolds is also calling on other evolved parents to stand up to those who still believe in the daughter-as-possession mindset. "Men need to challenge other men when their ideas on raising kids and on being a man are in conflict with respecting women and with raising young girls―as well as boys—to be comfortable being who they want to be," he explained. "A T-shirt is a pretty straightforward way to do it."
We'll take one of each, please!
You can go grab your own over at Everyday Girl Dad.