This Dad’s ‘Feminist Father’ Shirt Went Viral

A change of pace from the dad-waiting-up-with-a-shotgun stereotype: A photo of a New Jersey dad wearing a feminist T-shirt has gone viral, with many expressing support for its message. Kristine Speare, 20, gave her dad the shirt—which details “rules for dating my daughter,” including “she makes the rules” and “her body, her rules”—for Father’s Day, then posted a photo of it to Tumblr, where it’s been liked and shared more than 200,000 times since Sunday. It quickly spread on Facebook and Twitter, too, where fathers celebrated its point, Yahoo Shine notes. Others, however, have taken a different stance.

“What a terrible way to parent,” one comment reads. “Kids need rules and boundaries set for them.” Earlier this year, Bonnie Ramthun at PJ Media called the shirt’s message “pathetic and disturbing” and “signaling to every male predator out there that his daughter is available for victimization.” A self-described feminist, however, Speare isn’t concerned. “He’s very supportive of me and the decisions I make for myself; he cares so much about me and my passion for feminism,” she says of her dad, Chuck. “He completely agrees with the shirt’s message.” Want a shirt of your own? You can buy it here.

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120 comments

Sierra B.
Sierra B.4 months ago

I love the shirt. I dont think he is a bad parent at all, I mean, seriously, it is her body, she can decide what she wants to do with her body. Most teens are having sex with or without parents consent, so whats the point? I mean, seriously, he just wants his daughter to be happy and safe.

Sierra B.
Sierra B.4 months ago

I love the shirt. I dont think he is a bad parent at all, I mean, seriously, it is her body, she can decide what she wants to do with her body. Most teens are having sex with or without parents consent, so whats the point? I mean, seriously, he just wants his daughter to be happy and safe.

Sierra B.
Sierra B.4 months ago

I love the shirt. I dont think he is a bad parent at all, I mean, seriously, it is her body, she can decide what she wants to do with her body. Most teens are having sex with or without parents consent, so whats the point? I mean, seriously, he just wants his daughter to be happy and safe.

Sierra B.
Sierra B.4 months ago

I love the shirt. I dont think he is a bad parent at all, I mean, seriously, it is her body, she can decide what she wants to do with her body. Most teens are having sex with or without parents consent, so whats the point? I mean, seriously, he just wants his daughter to be happy and safe.

Sierra B.
Sierra B.4 months ago

I love the shirt. I dont think he is a bad parent at all, I mean, seriously, it is her body, she can decide what she wants to do with her body. Most teens are having sex with or without parents consent, so whats the point? I mean, seriously, he just wants his daughter to be happy and safe.

Magdalena J.
Alice L.1 years ago

Thank you!

Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe1 years ago

Oh my gosh - I love this shirt.

Thank you, Kristine Speare for giving this to your dad and sharing it with all of us!!

Borg Drone

I'd wear that .

Mari 's
Mari 's2 years ago

Love that shirt!!! And yep life could be so simple but then... BOOM! Radical, religious bigots terrorize and try to dictate. My body, my rules.

Sonia Valencia
Sonia Valencia2 years ago

lol..thanks for sharing!