Do you remember when you were little and went to your first Daddy/Daughter dance? I remember mine. I got all gussied up in a pretty dress, tights, and patent leather shoes. (Hey, that was the style way back then) and went danced with my daddy. Most school systems around the country have some form of this. Over the years they have added things for Mom/Son to do together as well. It is a great way to bond with a parent. I would think this is a very special memory for you dads out there as well.
Well, these are a thing of the past, at least in Rhode Island. Daddy/Daughter dances are no longer allowed. They are deemed illegal. Not for what you think either, they pass the title IX test, because they have activities for the boys as well (and let's be honest, the title IX freaks care none for equality of little boys anyway) no, it is because one single mother complained that her daughter was left out because 'she doesn't have a dad'.
Well, the sperm came from somewhere, so she has a dad. But apparently this single mom is going it alone and the dad is nowhere to be found. I find that sad for the little girl, I honestly do. It should come as no surprise that I believe in the traditional family. But I am sure many of the little girls that go to Daddy/Daughter dances around the country are products of divorce or have parents that were never married. So I think that this is even more important for those families. Again, it gives them time to create some special bonds and create memories.
I feel for the girls that don't have a dad to take them to the dance. Some people die young and that is the reason that there is no dad around. But it would seem to me that in most of these instances there is another man in mom's life that can fill in for the daddy/daughter dance; a brother, your own father, or a close friend. Apparently this woman has no man in her life that can take her daughter to the dance, so now no one can go.
That's right, every little girl in Rhode Island has been robbed of this coming of age experience because of this one woman.
We have now reached the point that one person gets to decide for an entire state what type of dances elementary schools will put on.
Excuse me while I go lie down and cry.