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This Dad’s ‘Feminist Father’ Shirt Went Viral

  • June 26, 2014
  • 9:30 am
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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5:06PM PDT on Jul 16, 2014

I'd wear that .

5:57AM PDT on Jul 10, 2014

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.

11:11AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

lol..thanks for sharing!

4:29AM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

Noted, Thanks for sharing

3:09PM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

i love this shirt!

5:01AM PDT on Jul 7, 2014

These are great rules, and every man should be reminded of these rules about females once in a while! Great rules to teach to your kids! :)

6:20PM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

I agree with the shirt. It has an underlying message that does say he trusts his daughter and her boundaries. I think it speaks volumes.

10:32AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

anyone that disagrees with these rules is a Teletubbie.

7:09AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

One thing is to give one's daughter a voice and an opinion, another is to basically abandoning a father's obligation to protect his daughter. Parental obligations trump feminism any day of the week. In fact, the mother has similar obligations.

4:55AM PDT on Jul 6, 2014

great rules - so long as she is mature

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