Do you think this is funny? Why or why not?
Ahhhh, internet. We know there are gender differences and gender stereotypes. But do you have to be so mean about it? Do you have to be so adamant about it?
The list above plays off a repeating joke: “I will make you go away.” Well, with a mother like you, that might be a relief. Don’t you realize this is the prelude to every mother-in-law joke there is? If a young woman can’t even date your son without being threatened, what is life going to be like when she marries him? “You better act like a lady.” What is that even supposed to mean?
A while back, Aaron Gouveia made some observations on The Good Men Project about “The Rules” that every father supposedly follows when a boy is dating his daughter. “The idea of dad polishing his gun while meeting the new boyfriend is often the lazy commentary when it comes to how fathers will handle their daughters dating.”
We believe this commentary is just as harmful in perpetuating stereotypes. And be warned stereotypes: “We will make you go away.”
Editor’s note: We have recently found out that the “Rules for Dating My Son” were taken from the blog of April Sopczak. It was a humorous take on the “Rules for Dating My Daughter.” See April’s original post here.
photo below: balladist / flickr