Vivian, our Too Damn Young founder, recently wrote a response to the recent Huffington Post article, “What It Is Like to Date a Girl Without a Mother.” She found it to be simplistic, demeaning, and stereotypical.
So did I.
I am not without a mother, but I am without a father, and the assumptions the HuffPost article made are ones that have been made about me time and time again.
“She will pretend she doesn’t have emotions.” “She will feel a sense of embarrassment when someone asks about her parents.” “Holidays will always be hard for her.” “She will cry a lot, but you won’t know when she does.” “She will hide, she will not accept your love right away, and it will take her a while to realize she is more than deserving of it.”
As a girl who has lost her father, add some token ’emotional detachment’ and ‘daddy issues’ to that list.
I resent being reduced to a list of obstacles to overcome.
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