My daughter is just 14 months old. My partner and I love her with all our heart …Not enough to get married and legitimise her, though?
Like all fathers, I want her to grow up happy and healthy.Admirable! So then…what concerns you?
I'm worried that she may grow up discriminated against, be the victim of violence, develop mental health problems or an eating disorder, suffer depression or have a distorted body-image. The #yesallwomen hashtag, which took off on Twitter over the last week, makes me worried for her future.You’re worried because there’s a hashtag panic on? Man up, FFS!
She's going to grow up in a world that is saturated with sexualised images of women and girls. As #yesallwomen shows, she will grow up in a world where girls and women are constantly barraged with sexism and misogyny.No. She won’t. Because the picture you are receiving of the world, as a consequence of having your head stuck up your arse feverishly pressing ‘refresh’ on Twitter, is one that no-one in the real world would even recognise…
If these ads were a pollutant or toxin in the air, and exposure to them caused eating disorders in young girls, they would be subject to strict regulation.And if my auntie had balls she’d be my uncle, but she doesn’t so she isn’t. And these ads aren’t pollutants or toxins, so they aren’t subject to the sort of regulation you want and hopefully, they never will be.
I recognise that I am something of a Johnny-come-lately to this issue. Amazing women and women's groups have campaigned to raise awareness about the sexualisation of young girls and women for years. Dr Jean Kilbourne is just one inspiring woman who has done amazing work over three decades. I hope that as a father, I can add my voice to theirs.Why bother? Clearly, you’ve already mated, so there’s really no point in hanging around these females any longer.
I mean, that is why you are adopting this posture?