Young daughters are hypersexualized while adult daughters are infantilized.

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It plays into the idea that women and girls should be protected, not because they’re human people who deserve to feel safe when existing in the world, but because they can’t do it themselves.

It’s admittedly frustrating that a father saying his daughters are autonomous over their own bodies and choices is such an anomaly it’s worth celebrating.

I was a feminist long before I had daughters, but it wasn’t until I was blessed with the task of raising young women that I realized why,” he said.

“These girls are amazing humans, and I can take no credit for that other than the fact that I at least knew that the best thing I could do for them is not try to ‘mold’ them.”“I can make bold statements about my daughters because I listen to them, and I know they are bold young women,” added Welch.“I really do actively try to encourage that boldness, but I’ve never felt the need to cultivate it.”Read more from Yahoo Beauty Style:" data-reactid="49"Follow us on  Instagram,  Facebook, and  Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day.

Here are the rules by which any potential suitors must abide, should they choose to date Welch’s daughters:“You'll have to ask them what their rules are.

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. I’ll admit I’m not a huge fan of the accompanying Facebook caption, which reads, “I ain't raisin' no princesses.” The notion that femininity and strength must exists separately or that stereotypically feminine things are “bad” arguably isn’t the end-all solution for sexism.Welch is raising two 16-year-olds, a 13-year-old, a 12-year-old, and a 7-year-old in Jonesborough, Tenn.He says that while being a dad of five isn’t always easy, he’s learned a lot from his daughters.“I know that my daughters don’t need my help making important decisions about their relationships …You will respect them, and if you don't, I promise they won't need my help putting you back in your place. However, Welch’s intentions are in the right place and far more feminist than most other “rules for dating my daughter” that have come before it.. 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.”Like Welch said, there is nothing inherently wrong with parents being protective of their children.Were parenting to have a job description, “protecting your kids” would be required skill number one.In a viral post shared on Facebook and Instagram, Welch outlined how future suitors will be expected to treat his daughters. That’s evidenced by statements like, “As the father of a daughter, I was horrified by [insert tragedy here]” (you’ve all heard that one before).