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Book Title: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters: 10 Secrets Every Father Should Know|
The author of the book: Meg Meeker
Edition: Regnery Publishing
Date of issue: September 30th 2006
Format files: PDF
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I wanted to like this book. The title drew me in, and the basic premise (that daughters need dads to stand up for them in a world that tends to consume young women and to provide them a role model of how a decent male behaves) was something I could get behind. However as I started reading I was increasingly disappointed. Several things put me off or marred the book for me:
1. The condescending attitude towards both men and young women. Dads are stereotyped to be basically a witless bunch of hypermasculine doofuses who have to be urged and coaxed to put down the remote/golf club and get involved with the lives of their female offspring. Daughters are characterized as flighty idiots, not just because they're young people lacking experience in the world, but *because* they are female! For instance, Meeker makes the outlandish and ridiculous claim that girls experience PMS long before they have the hormones of puberty, and this causes them to be overemotional and fickle creatures. She then goes so far as to put her credentials as an MD behind that assertion. Embarrassing.
2. The author frequently makes uncharitable assumptions about mothers, too, a few times going so far as to characterize them as a potential threat to a dad's relationship with his daughter. At other times she says things like, in giving an example of sacrifices you might have to make for your daughter, that you might have to "stay married to her crazy mother" to give her an intact household. This suggests a rather unhealthy and bizarre dynamic, which leads me to the final and weirdest objection I had to the book...
3. There seems to be an odd kind of Electra complex at work in some of the suggestions and attitudes in the book. At one point a widower is said to have remarried too soon after his wife's death because his 9 year old daughter wouldn't talk with him and he got lonely. Yes, *because*--the causal relationship is explicitly suggested by the author. My jaw about hit the floor. That doesn't seem right at all. Another "touching" anecdote is shared in which a father tucks his daughter into bed each night whispering "your wedding night: it's special and so are you." I shuddered. What an odd thing for a father to say to a young girl, let alone as a daily ritual. There are all kinds of moments like that in the book which just don't sit right with me, to the point that when I got to the chapter called "Be the Man You Want Her to Marry" I had to give a little disgusted snicker.
My quest to find a truly inspiring and helpful book for my husband to read in order to learn more about father-daughter dynamics continues, as this book definitely does not fit the bill.
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