Daughters and dating
‘I mean that in every way that the word is generally perceived to mean, but I’ve also come to realizing that, for me, it’s going to have to have a broader meaning than a lot of people associate with the term. ‘I want my daughters to feel empowered to be WHO THEY ARE, and if that means the mission field, or being a housewife with too many kids, or whatever fulfills THEM… ‘I have three daughters who spend more time with their mother than they do with me. I don't think I can take much credit for that, but you'll never know how proud I am to be your dad. A post shared by Jeff Welch (@j.warren.welch) on ‘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’ll have to ask them what their rules are,’ Jeff wrote. I have no doubt the world is going to be a better place because you are in it.
It’s usually some macho dad, threatening the lives of potential suitors, and pledging to “rescue” his daughters if they get hurt. But these types of posts play right into the damsel-in-distress, helpless little girl trope that we see so often. We kind of hope a guy like this comes along, just so he can get totally wrecked by one of Welch girls.
‘All three of them are deeply religious, and I played a big part in raising them that way before I abandoned such things.
They have never had religion forced upon them though. ‘That’s just who they are right now, and it might always be that way.
Says Jeff, “The kind of posturing by fathers of daughters I was specifically responding to had nothing to do with that ‘protective instinct’ and everything to do with asserting their dominance over women and reinforcing a belief that women Jeff is a writer and poet, and his work speaks volumes about the kind of father he obviously strives to be.
However, he’s instilling in his girls the belief that they can protect themselves.