John Mayer gets Daddy-Daughter relationships. His song "Daughters" has been a favorite of mine since I first heard it played. Tommie reminded us prom is just more than a week away. Graduation draws ever closer.
I read Kathleen Parker’s op-ed piece in the Oklahoman on March 1 titled, "Calling dads: Save the girls." (In the Orlando Sentinel – "Calling all fathers: Save the girls.") For a number of years I have been cajoling Dads to do just what Parker says is missing in the APA report,
Although the task force urges "parents" to help their daughters interpret sexualizing cultural messages, there’s little mention of the unique role fathers play in protecting their girls from a voracious sexualized culture.(italics mine)
The issue for me is countercultural. Someone does need to give young girls a different message than what they see in all forms of media. Parker concludes her piece with some solid advice.
Fathers, after all, are the ones who tell their little girls that they’re perfect just the way they are; that they don’t need to be one bit thinner; and that under no circumstances are they going out of the house dressed that way. . . . The APA is calling for more education, more research, forums, girls groups and Web zines to tackle girl sexualization. But my instinctual guess is that getting fathers back into their daughters’ lives and back on the job would do more than all the forums and task forces combined.
Ultimately it is a daddy thing.