What a Girl Wants
Why did you choose to do a book specifically about dads and daughters and not “sons” or “children”?
As a pediatrician, I have witnessed the magnanimity of the father-daughter relationship crystallize before my eyes. have watched them wrestle with the choking grip of eating disorders, heard them sob over their parents’ divorce, and asked them how life feels with and without stimulants to help them concentrate in school. As one who took an oath 23 years ago to care for the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual well-being of girls, have come to the realization that the very best way can do this is to help their fathers. Why? Because a father holds influence over a daughter’s heart unlike no other human being. Research confirms this, human intuition reveals it, and my experience as a mother of three grown daughters solidifies this truth to me. The problem is, most fathers haven’t been told this. They have been taught that they are unnecessary, stupid, “out of touch” with girls’ issues, and consequently, fathers - as a group - are suffering a serious crisis of self esteem.
Given the recent flurry of news stories on the spread of STD’s among teenagers, has it become more important than ever for fathers to become involved in their daughter’s lives? Explain.
Every girl in America over the age of six (when clothing styles change) is under sexual siege. We all experience the barrage of sexual messages streaming at our girls with an intensity that makes us feel frustrated, overwhelmed, and sick.
Every father in America must know some numbers. There are between 15-18 million new STDs every year in America and the majority occur in kids under 25. Forty percent of girls 13-18 will experience unwanted sex, because, they say, they don’t want to hurt their boyfriends’ feelings. Sweet girls are the ones who get hurt. One in 5 people over age 12 tests positive for genital herpes and over 10,000 kids every day in America contract a new STD.
Reprinted with the permission of the National Fatherhood Initiative.
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