Once I became a dad, my feminism started to feel a lot more urgent.I knew that I had a healthy view of women and treated them appropriately, but I wasn't nearly as outspoken about those issues as I have become now that I am a father of daughters. Warren Welch gives the impression any rules he makes about dating his daughter might involve weaponry.That's the twist: Welch's real "rules" are pretty awesome and come from a carefully considered, respectful place.That's why the following FB post by Welch went viral—he's pretty plain about that old-fashioned image of the shotgun-toting dad waiting at the door being a load of crap."You'll have to ask" his daughters "what their rules are," Welch writes, "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 have three daughters and I say hell yes to that.
To me, feminism just means empowering my daughters to be whatever kind of women they want to be.I don't want my girls to grow up to be the kind of women who think they need a man, or a man's stamp of approval, to lead fulfilling lives or make important decisions for themselves.That starts with making sure they know I'm available to talk about whatever it is they want to discuss: religion, politics, you name it.Earlier this week, I, a dad of five girls, wrote a Facebook post in response to all those dumb "Rules for Dating My Daughter" that end up on t-shirts in souvenir shops (you know the ones: "Get a lawyer"; "She's my princess, not your conquest"). And so far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.It seems like most people agree with me, which has actually renewed a bit of hope in me about the direction people's beliefs are heading.In case you missed the February 18 blog or would just like to refresh yourself, go ahead and click HERE to see it again.