Understanding Consent through Fatherhood!

“As a father of daughters” is now a well-worn phrase, trod out every time men feel the need to distance themselves from misogynistic comments or behavior.

Of course it’s been particularly pervasive in the last few days, as Republicans have denounced Donald Trump for saying he “grabs” women’s genitals in a leaked video from 2005. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, for example, said that “My wife and I, we have a 15-year-old daughter, and if I can’t look her in the eye and tell her these things, I can’t endorse this person.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky issued a statement explaining that “as the father of three daughters, I strongly believe that Trump needs to apologize directly to women and girls everywhere.”

The “as a father of daughters” refrain has even become part of Hillary Clinton’s offensive. An ad released by her campaign on Monday features a lifelong Republican who announces that he won’t vote for Trump because “I’m the father of three girls.”

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