Society

'Feminist Father' Dating Rules Shirt Goes Viral

| by Emily Smith

A photo of a South Jersey dad wearing a shirt that promotes men respecting his daughter has recently gone viral on social media, after it was originally posted and shared on Tumblr.

The shirt reads:

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“Rules for dating my daughter:

1. I don’t make the rules.

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2. You don’t make the rules.

3. She makes the rules.

4. Her body, her rules.

- Feminist Father.”

Kristine Speare, the man’s daughter, said that her father is supportive of her passion for feminism and completely agrees with the shirt’s message.

Speare, 20, is a part-time Burlington County College student who also works at her father’s restaurant. On Twitter, she describes herself as a feminist, coffee addict and book lover. She often tweets empowered selfies and uses the hashtag #YesAllWomen.

The image was posted Sunday on Tumblr and was shared 196,000 times before finding its way to Twitter, where an Australian TV star known for her sexually-themed tweets further promoted the shirt. The shirt also gained popularity on Facebook after RH Reality Check posted the image onto its Facebook page – there, it earned 14,000 likes and 20,000 shares.

Although reception of the shirt has generally been positive, some have disapproved of its message.

“What a terrible way to parent,” one commenter wrote. “Kids need rules and boundaries set for them.”

The emblazoned black shirt can be found on Zazzle for $48.90.

Sources: Yahoo, Parent Dish

Photo Sources: Yahoo, JillStanek.com