Stuart Schneiderman explains how the war against men has made it harder for fathers to parent their daughters.
In today’s America a man knows that he can be sued for workplace sexual harassment if he looks at a woman in the wrong way, if he makes a sexually suggestive remark, or if he touches her inappropriately.
He also knows that children, especially female children, are strictly off limits. Speak to his daughter in the wrong way and a man can find himself charged with child molestation. Even when the charges are false, it is very, very difficult to restore a reputation tarnished by the suspicion of child abuse.
It isn’t easy being a man in America today. The culture has made men into a threat, into the enemy of women and girls.
Not everywhere, not for everyone, but enough of the time for men to be wary in their dealings with female children.
The attacks on men, the stigmatization of men, the distrust about their motives have created a cultural miasma. If you were a father living in such a culture, would you want to talk about sex with your preteen daughter?
The toxic environment produced by the war against men has made men more likely to shut down lines of communication with their daughters.
Then, these same men are criticized for being too reticent, for not opening up, and for not expressing themselves.
The culture strongly encourages girls to discuss intimate matters only with other women. Who but a woman would understand a woman’s experience?
Of course, this deprives girls of a good relationship with the most important man in their lives. And it also tells them that the only people they should listen to are people who are just like them.
His post was linked by Instapundit and Helen Reynolds. It’s a great post. Some women are so busy bad-mouthing men that they don’t realize that men shut down and withdraw from family life unless they get encouragement and respect. Men rise to the expectations of women.