This is not to say that all of us XX folks want less sex than some men, just that, you know, in general there are biological distinctions between the sexes that result in different preferences.

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A while back, I posted about the sexist way our society approaches fathers, daughters, and dating. As the National Fatherhood Project puts it: They also have data suggesting that the absence of a father is tied to greater risk of abuse, neglect, malnutrition, obesity, delinquency and incarceration, aggressive behavior and relationship instability.

You know, the whole “I’ll have to get a shotgun to keep the guys away from my daughter” meme and the “I’m not letting her date until he’s thirty” line. So just the presence of this father is a powerful, powerful message to the daughter and to those she might date.

As parents, we need to focus on empowering our daughters rather than on cloistering our daughters.

The central problem with all of these memes is that they ignore the daughter’s agency.

Another of my daughter’s friends who has a single mother lives with her mother and her aunt, and sees her father regularly on weekends.

Conservatives would likely characterize both of these families as “broken,” but I would rather focus on the diversity of family structures and on valuing all of the adults involved in childrearing, whether they are a child’s biological parents or not.Also, did I miss something, or are conservatives against early marriage now?, there are benefits to a child having two (or more) adults involved in their upbringing. It took me years to realize this but parents who didn’t have rules for their teens tended to be parents who just didn’t care enough about their kids to provide guidance. So the idea that parents wouldn’t have dating rules during the parenting process is mostly just an abdication of parenting as opposed to some kind of feminist empowerment thing.This is why we should support marriage equality, and it’s also why we should work to value family structures that look unlike the stereotypical nuclear family.