Dad's 'Feminist Father' Shirt Goes Viral

Daughter: 'He completely agrees with the shirt's message'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2014 12:03 PM CDT
Dad's 'Feminist Father' Shirt Goes Viral
The shirt is for sale at Zazzle.   (Zazzle)

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. (More feminism stories.)

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