stay at home daughters live in the bizarro version of daddyland

If you ever want to know what bizarro Daddyland is like – the photo negative version of my life as an involved, feminist, welfare state-loving dad in Sweden – read this Time story on daughters devoting themselves to their fathers until they are married.

Time covered this story from Bitch Media to be ironic and provocative.  This is no big social movement.  But still, I can’t resist:

Growing numbers of young women are forsaking education, forgoing employment and devoting themselves to their fathers with the goal of becoming “keepers of the home.” In your face, feminists!

In the latest offshoot of the Christian Patriarchy Movement, which argues that men should lead and women should quietly follow, the Stay At Home Daughters Movement wants girls to believe that they’re under the complete authority of their fathers—until the menfolk decide to pass control on to the women’s husbands. Stay at home daughters (SAHDs) don’t work. They view personal ambition as anti-family. And they spend their days crocheting, knitting and making soap …

Bitch reports that a 23-year old woman in the film describes her dad as “the greatest man in my life. I believe that helping my father in his business is a better use of my youth and is helping prepare me to be a better helpmeet for my future husband, rather than indulging in selfishness and pursuing my own success and selfish ambitions.” Apparently the word “helpmeet” is making a comeback in certain circles…



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