Fathers, be good to your daughters
Let Me Fly
That girls are not delicate little creatures who can’t do anything. I always wanted to be an auto mechanic and help work on cars and he’d never let me. He told me girls can’t do “man jobs” because they cause drama on the jobsites when all the guys are worried about sleeping with them. Now I am always having car trouble and have to pay out the ass to get a mechanic to fix simple things because he wouldn’t just show me how to fix it. (Number175OnEarlsList)
My dad never told me I couldn’t, but he also just assumed as a girl I wouldn’t want to so he never asked me to help him, and I never volunteered because I inherited my great communication skills from him. The first time we both worked on my car together, he was thrilled.
So like asking your daughter if she wants to do things, even if you think she’ll say no, is always a good idea. (nyxloa)
The Double Standard
Disclaimer: I love my dad, we have a great relationship, he has always believed in my abilities at the end of the day.
That when you let your 10 year old son have more freedom to ride bikes far from home, go to the store alone, and take risks than your 13 year old daughter for no other reason than her gender, she’s going to be PISSED and spend the next 10 years rejecting all things feminine because you have convinced her that to be female means to be weak and vulnerable. Masculinity does not equal strength and maturity, and femininity does not equal weakness and gullibility. It took a long time, but he recognizes that now. (blindtoblue)
Read a book about female bodies, specifically menstruation. And stop acting like pads and tampons will kill you if you see, touch, or god forbid buy them. Girls are starting their period much earlier than they used to, and they’re going to need support.
Luckily my dad worked through all that with my mom and then my older sister so he was pretty chill. But I remember a friend having to keep her supplies hidden in her room and her dad yelling at her for not “holding it” and staining a car seat. (mostlyamess)