“As the father of a daughter…”
So begins many a bad take these days by men outraged over news stories about sexual assault, harassment, or inequality.
While it’s good to be outraged by those things, “As the father of a daughter” holds some troubling implications: first, that it’s somehow difficult for them to see women as people deserving of fair treatment without having raised one. And second, that just having a daughter is apparently enough to make them an expert on women’s issues.
Photographers Marzia Messina and Sham Hinchey wanted to challenge dads to really sit down and think about what feminism means and why it matters.
Inspired by talks with their own daughter, Penelope, they launched a project called “Dear Daughters” in which they recruited 22 men and their daughters, ages 8 to 11, to sit down and have frank conversations about equality.
Using a simple board game designed by Messina and Penelope, the dads and daughters took turns drawing question cards that prompted discussions.
The cards asked things like “How do you see yourself and what will you be doing when you’re 25?” and “What lessons have you learned by bringing a daughter into the world?”
“The first questions were very soft, but as the game progressed they became more challenging and the couples really had to work hard and help each other,” Messina says in an email.
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