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This Father’s Rules For Dating His Daughters Will Make You Smile

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The whole trope of fathers who sit home while their daughters go out, polishing their hunting rifles in their porch recliners with a rag, eyes slitted, has always made me shiver for more reasons than one.

Fortunately, one father, J. Warren Welch, seems to be in agreement about the sexist “daddy’s girl” stereotype. He penned a list of rules for dating his daughters that has gone viral on Facebook for reexamining an outdated and archaic joke.

“Rules for dating my daughters: You’ll have to ask them what their rules are,” he wrote. “I’m not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive badass in order for them to be treated with respect. You will respect them, and if you don’t, I promise they won’t need your help putting you back in your place. Good luck pumpkin.”

The post has been shared nearly 30,000 times and has garnered hundreds of comments, both praising him for dismissing the notion that women need ownership or to be controlled, and berating him for his words.

“I ain’t raisin’ no princesses,” Welch captioned his photo.

The fact that the same fathers creaking back and forth in the porch rocking chair, a toothpick between their lips, brows furrowed (at least, this happens in a lot of southern movies) don’t do the same for their sons speaks volumes about why Welch’s post is needed. He is encouraging his daughters to learn to demand respect on their own.



Writer. Boxed mac & cheese aficionado. I tried to start a girl-band when I was 12.