New Rules

Rules for dating my daughters:
You’ll have to ask them what their rules are. I’m not raising my little girls to be the kind of women who need their daddy to act like a creepy possessive badass in order for them to be treated with respect. You will respect them, and if you don’t, I promise they won’t need my help putting you back in your place.
Good luck pumpkin.
–J. Warren Welch

Welch is an artist, and posted his “rules” on Facebook with the comment, “I ain’t raisin’ no princesses.” It went viral with more than 29,000 shares.

On September 9, he posted this follow-up:

The clock is most likely winding down on my little 15 minutes of fame. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve added a LOT of new followers. I love attention, and I’m particularly happy that I gained this attention while speaking out on an important social issue.

There’s something that needs to be said about all of this though. Honestly, I wasn’t aware enough to pick up on it until someone commented on my Instagram last night. In the midst of all of the amazing “THANK YOU!” comments and messages I’ve received, one woman left a comment that really shook me when I read it. She said “1. Thank you. This is still so needed. 2. I’m tired of saying f–king ‘thank you’ to men for doing what they should have been doing in the first place.”

That’s where our culture is at right now. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction, but the fact of the matter is, we still live in a culture where a silly redneck such as myself can get WORLD-WIDE attention and praise simply for NOT being a sexist douche bag.

I have some definite negative personality flaws. Still, simply because I’m a straight white dude with a beard and a bad attitude who actually believes that EQUALITY between genders, and beyond that races and sexual orientations, is something we should all be fighting for… I’ve been cast as some sort of feminist icon. Women have been fighting these battle FOR YEARS, and along comes my stupid ass, and it’s A BIG DEAL! That’s where we’re at. I really have found a great deal of hope for the future in the overwhelmingly positive response I’ve received. We’re moving in the right direction, I’m CERTAIN of that, but until we get to a point where a straight white male can take the stands that I take and it’s so common that IT’S NOT A BIG DEAL, our work is not finished.

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