Renee at Womanist Musings writes:
I have heard men joke about locking their daughters in their rooms until they are 40. Another personal favourite is the former playa playa who sees having a daughter as punishment for his past sexual antics and history of disrespecting women. Daughters are the curse that come back to haunt you.
Daughters are to be hidden away from the public lest some male with sex on his brain spoil her purity. There isn’t even the remotest contemplation that daddy’s little girl might want to get some herself. It’s all about protecting what belongs to the father – her virginity. This is why purity rings and balls have become so popular. No matter how far we have come whether explicit or implicit, women’s bodies are seen as belonging to their fathers until they marry.
This is all true, of course. If there are women whose fathers have a different attitude to their daughters’ sexuality, I suspect they are a minority. The rest of us know exactly what this blogger is talking about. After making these insightful statements, however, Renee says something that I find very unexpected and strange:
It constructs women as eternal possession, though the familial relationship remains intact regardless of the sexual activity of the girl/woman. No such assertion is made towards boys, and they are actively encouraged to not only desire sex, but to seek it at every opportunity.
Seriously? I have less hairs on my head than the number of men I have met or heard about whose mothers guarded the beds of their little darlings of 30, 40, and 50 years of age like watchdogs. I know a 52-year-old man whose mother had a hysteric fit whenever he spent time with his 46-year-old girlfriend. I saw a woman look at her newborn son and say, “When I think that he’ll grow up and some whore of a girlfriend will steal him from me, I get so angry!”
And loving Mommies do not get out of their sons’ beds after their adored treasures get married and have children and grandchildren of their own. No, they insist on being the third participant in their sons’ bedrooms all the time.
I don’t know where Renee sees all these mothers who encourage their sons to “seek sex at every opportunity.” All I’m seeing is mothers who can’t deal with the idea that their sons have personal lives of their own well past those sons’ middle age.
Once again, people, what we are dealing with here is not a gender issue. This is a problem of sexually unfulfilled parents who invade the sex lives of their children because they have none of their own.