Dads and Daughters

As I Tell My Daughters, a Fallen World Isn’t Fair


Young women must live with the reality of misogyny.

It was a dangerous part of town we were driving through a couple of days ago, on our way from the university on the north side of the city to the friend’s home in the country to the south.  And I thought, because I have the kind of father’s mind that leaps to invent reasons to worry, of the rough places our eldest daughter had lived and worked, in this country and in Africa.  I said a quick prayer for her and felt slightly better.

Recently, the governor of Ohio, John Kasich, responded to a young woman’s worries about being sexually assaulted on campus by saying all the right things and adding that having two 16-year-old daughters, he didn’t even like to think about it.  Every father will know what he meant.  (I am not, I should make clear, a Kasich supporter.)

She responded, “It’s sad, but it’s something that I have to worry about.”  Kasich answered: “Well, I would give you, I’d also give you one bit of advice, don’t go to parties where there’s a lot of alcohol.  OK?  Don’t do that.”

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