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Jayati Godhawat

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Feminist Father Writes Down ‘Rules For Dating My Daughters’ & It’s Gold!

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  •  September 11, 2017


OMG! Recently, I came across this dad’s post on ‘Rules for Dating my Daughters’ and it blew away my mind.

Tennessee-based Jeffrey Warren Welch is a father to three daughters: a 7-year-old, a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old. His wife, Natasha, has two: a 12-year-old and a 16-year-old. A poet by profession, he wrote down the rules for dating his daughters and showed the world what feminism really means.

He ditched the role of an ‘overprotective’ fathers that most other dads “proudly” adorn and reflected on the importance of letting their daughters be & raising them to become strong independent women.

“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. You will respect them, and if you don’t, I promise they won’t need my help putting you back in your place. Good luck, pumpkin,” he wrote in the Facebook post and inspired all the other dads in the world.Dad's viral post


Jeffrey also told the HuffPost that he came up with these “rules” after he observed that most dads are overprotective and critical about their daughter’s suitors to the extent that they threaten them.

“I definitely know what a more misogynistic parenting style looks like when I see it, and I react against that, to be certain, but I’m also learning more and more every day about the true meaning of male privilege, and the subconscious ways it can creep into my own thinking, even as someone who desperately wants to be an ‘ally’ not only to my daughters but to all women,” he said.

Here’s his Facebook post:

All fathers in the world, please take a cue! Cheers, Jeffrey Warren Welch! #DadGoals #ParentingGoals

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