Every now and again, by which I mean often, I’ll see something about a dad trying to scare the boys who come calling for the daughter. Or someone will crack a joke to that effect, hur hur hur.
I fucking hate that.
It immediately assumes the dad did the worst possible job in terms of helping to prepare his daughter for the world. The girl in that equation is absolutely helpless in the event of danger, which means no thought was given to how the girl would protect herself in the absence of dad. The dad has made her completely reliant on him for protection, which is a codependent relationship. Possibly the worst part is that it clearly says he has no faith in his daughter to make a judgment, or to learn how to respond to the consequences.
That dad sucks. He’s not raising a daughter. He’s raising a goddam house pet. Just to be clear, that’s one of many symptoms of rape culture. Of the women I know who had a dad pull that routine, they almost all just snuck behind dad’s back.
TLDR: I’m not going to clean a shotgun when the boys show up. If I held up my end of the bargain, my daughter will be the fucking shotgun.
Besides, in the event that my daughter is hurt by someone, retaliation will be with my own two hands, up close and personal, the way it was intended.