June 20, By Mollie Hemingway Feminists are sending around a photo on the social media and the intertubes. But that gets me to the main reflection of this piece. If the father is out of the picture or not around to discuss rules, relationship outcomes are in fact less desirable. As the National Fatherhood Project puts it: Being raised by a single mother raises the risk of teen pregnancy, marrying with less than a high school degree, and forming a marriage where both partners have less than a high school degree.
They also have data suggesting that the absence of a father is tied to greater risk of abuse, neglect, malnutrition, obesity, delinquency and incarceration, aggressive behavior and relationship instability. So just the presence of this father is a powerful, powerful message to the daughter and to those she might date. And his mere presence is a positive factor in all sorts of outcomes. Maybe from observing people with pulses or maybe from stuff like this: Five college-aged women and four college-aged men took turns standing at one of five quadrangles on the Florida State campus on a weekday.
I find you very attractive. A total of 96 subjects — 48 men and 48 women — were propositioned, partitioned to 32 — 16 men and 16 women — for each question. Roughly half of the men and half of the women agreed to go on a date. But, when the suggestion turned sexual, the difference in responses between the genders was stark. On the other hand, roughly three-quarters of propositioned males were happy to oblige such titillating proposals. This is not to say that all of us XX folks want less sex than some men, just that, you know, in general there are biological distinctions between the sexes that result in different preferences.
Imagine if it were some scrawny, wimpy dude who was wearing it. It would have a totally different effect. This speaks to the reality that women and men are biologically different and that women have vulnerabilities — particularly related to reproduction, honestly — that require societies to protect them.
Whether that means protecting them from non-consensual sex or reproduction or protection from external threats while gestating and sustaining lives of children that result from sex. Anyway, not quite a feminist t-shirt so much as an old-fashioned paternalistic one with a slightly modern edge.
But not the worst thing to go viral in recent months.