Do Father-Daughter Dances Promote Gender Discrimination? (The ACLU Thinks So)

Living 2012/09/23 20:42:35
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Father-daughter dances and mother-son ballgames are now a thing of the past—at least in the Cranston Public Schools district in Rhode Island. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) targeted these longstanding traditions after a single mother filed a complaint when her daughter was prevented from attending a father-daughter dance in Cranston.

Apparently, the district’s hands are tied because Rhode Island’s gender-discrimination laws do not exempt such events—thought federal laws do. Strangely, the policy change banning these events was apparently made months ago. However, it only began to receive widespread media attention lat week when Sean Gately, a candidate for state Senate, announced that he would reinstate such events if elected.

The ACLU said in a statement:

"The controversy that has suddenly arisen in a political campaign over father-daughter dances in Cranston is old news -- the matter was amicably resolved with school officials over four months ago. And it was resolved for a simple reason: the school district recognized that in the 21st Century, public schools have no business fostering the notion that girls prefer to go to formal dances while boys prefer baseball games. This type of gender stereotyping only perpetuates outdated notions of 'girl' and 'boy' activities and is contrary to federal law.

"[Parent-teacher organizations] remain free to hold family dances and other events, but the time has long since passed for public school resources to encourage stereotyping from the days of Ozzie and Harriet. Not every girl today is interested in growing up to be Cinderella -- not even in Cranston. In fact, one of them might make a great major league baseball player someday.

"We commend the school district for its resolution of the matter, and are sorry to see some people turning it into a political football -- a game that they may think only boys should be interested in."

So SodaHeads, what do you think? Do father-daughter dances promote gender discrimination?

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  • Mj PINKYFINGERDOWN 2013/01/03 19:15:23
  • jesus.blanco.7792 2012/12/08 16:58:21
  • Riku Xander 2012/10/18 18:49:51
    Riku Xander
    If a girl isn't in to dancing, then don't go... Likewise for a boy not in to baseball.
  • michaela kate! 2012/10/17 23:29:24
    michaela kate!
    What kind of a question is this! Like, seriously it's just a father/daughter mother/son having fun dancing to there favorite tunes =) plz people have a heart!
  • John 2012/10/14 15:12:10
    Can we please stop this insanity!
  • raelene 2012/10/09 22:56:59
    Okay.... i still dont see how it can be racist can someone break it down for me haha
  • Deana Rapert-Reimann 2012/10/08 15:26:44
    Deana Rapert-Reimann
    ACLU are a bunch of idiots
  • cc 2012/10/02 21:00:39
    What a great tradition! There is absolutely nothing wrong with them and the ACLU needs to stay thier Communist asses out of them...unless they have daughters!
    Luckily, the state law is on the daughters and the father's side :)... the feds need to stay out of such matters.
  • Brian 2012/09/30 14:07:08
    What is creepy here is that uptight busy bodies get the attention of the ACLU to file such frivolous complaints. This is yet another reason to remove the state from the educational system and let people spend their money on the schools they wish to send their children. In this manner, the ACLU is de-fanged and disposed of, at least in this context, and the busy bodies can congregate with those of their ilk.
  • Dave 007 2012/09/30 11:32:39
    Dave 007
    These dances have been going on for years, and now somebody has to bitch. This just shows why this country is in big trouble.
  • Ana Henriques 2012/09/30 01:26:36
  • T 2012/09/29 21:21:13
    But the do single out daughters without fathers or daughters whose father has been deployed. (Is this grammatically correct?)
  • Joseph Mallery 2012/09/29 16:15:11
    Joseph Mallery
    It's not sexist if both genders are involved!
  • hanasa.frmesk 2012/09/28 16:42:12
  • Prettyface 2012/09/28 15:38:28
    That is very innocent and very clean they are not touching but by Hands . That is very good Father and Daughter connection . I give it a A
  • Werewolf 2012/09/28 13:04:29
    I have a daughter and the father-daughter dance was anything but discrimination. It was a chance to spend some quality time with my daughter, she enjoyed it and loved it that daddy wore his full dress uniform to the event.

    I do feel the pain of the single mother and think that there should be some provision for this as there are a lot of single parents
  • HaCutMe 2012/09/28 03:54:25
    Its so stupid, I mean ya it's sexist, but seriously who cares? Its an adorable traditions nd I wish I'd been close to my dad when I was little
  • Mutzi 2012/09/27 23:21:43
    Yes, father-daughter dances are sexist. In fact, I don't think the ACLU has gone far enough. We need to BAN tampon dispensers in women's restrooms....totally sexist, unless they are also installed in men's restrooms. Ditto with urinals. Sexist pigs! And this business of having to buy men's and women's undergarments in separate departments at Target...what the deuce is this warped world coming to? Celebrate androgyny!
  • teamboo... Mutzi 2012/09/29 14:58:06
    sarcasm right
  • Victori... teamboo... 2012/09/30 16:28:18
    It has to be lol
  • teamboo... Victori... 2012/09/30 18:32:40
  • Mutzi Mutzi 2012/10/02 06:35:41
    Yes, of course I am being sarcastic. The ACLU is not about defending liberties of the American poeple, it is about repression and intimidation. This is one group of cynical, hateful b*st*rds.
  • Illusio... Mutzi 2012/11/09 14:04:45
    Illusionist (illusionist)
    Then why did you vote yes?
  • JesusFreak 2012/09/27 21:06:57
    What a stupid question. they're just traditions and nice events that promote family ties.
  • Donald Eric Kesler 2012/09/27 17:36:14
    Donald Eric Kesler
    Religiously based father-daughter dances are icky.
  • Quazimoto 2012/09/27 16:39:48
    There need to be more fathers involved in their children's lives. There are very few men in society today, just a lot of worthless sperm doners.
  • Applesauce 2012/09/27 16:12:27
    It has nothing to do with "gender discrimination". Your attachment bond in childhood will shape your adult relationships, and it is crucial for children to have healthy bonding with their parents. It is difficult for kids without a father or a mother, but it never hurts to bond with someone you have in your life. I speak from experience.
  • cingular 2012/09/27 15:45:27
    No! Its both genders and they have stuff for mothers and sons too. Some people just take some things too far.
  • Jahk 2012/09/27 13:11:54
    They celebrate a unique and special gender difference.
  • Butch 2012/09/27 10:45:29
  • Ana Hen... Butch 2012/09/30 01:28:56
    Ana Henriques
    What's wrong with gay dances? Are you a homophobe?
  • JAKACE 2012/09/27 02:24:26
    good Lord. i hate to say it but 9 times out of ten a boy would rather play ball than dance and vice versa. also, kids need to bond with the parent of the opposite sex. its easy for a dad and son to bond, and its easy for a mom and daughter to bond
  • The Steel General 2012/09/27 01:42:18
    The Steel General
    Yes, it promotes incestuous behavior.
  • JesusFreak The Ste... 2012/09/27 21:08:00
    ...can i have your reasoning for that? Im not bashing you, just wondering what your thoughts are behind your statemnet. o.O
  • Ana Hen... The Ste... 2012/09/30 01:30:23
    Ana Henriques
  • Roy Mun... The Ste... 2013/01/06 01:00:21
    Roy Munson **SL, BD**
  • amorris72200 2012/09/27 01:40:04
    Our school does both Father-Daughter, AND Mother-Son dances! People need to get their heads outta their butts and take stalk in LIFE! It's precious, and Daddy's should treat their daughters like gold, and they should treat their daughter's mother (their WIFE!) the same way! I say treat her like a Queen and she'll treat you like a King!
  • Carly 2012/09/27 00:58:06
    Its just a way for daughters and their father to connect
  • "Abe" 2012/09/27 00:46:12
    ACLU = American Communist League United

    american communist league united
  • Noor 2012/09/26 22:52:04
    So one disgruntled woman .... and traditions bringing joy to thousands at least is made taboo? How very sickeningly politically correct.
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