Has there ever been - in the history men, dating, or baseball bats - a documented case of a man beating his daughter's date with a baseball bat?
More precisely: if there ever was such an occasion, was the father not charged as a criminal?
Then may I request a cessation to generalizations describing fathers as overprotective apes intimidating their daughters' suitors with weapons as a means of keeping them from the dating scene?
This baseball bat cliché was trotted out repeatedly during another enlightened talk radio discussion yesterday:
"Boys never want to go to the girls' houses and risk running into her dad answering the door with a baseball bat."
Imagine equally absurd statements about mothers being broadcast across major market airwaves:
"Boys only hope girls are not going to grow up to be as meek and mousy as the mothers who raised them."
It would never be tolerated.
As much as society is to be applauded for no longer tolerating an image of a stay-at-home wife and mother who is to be seen in the kitchen and not heard at the table; the image of the closed-fisted, Cro-Magnon male who fears any domestic responsibility or emotion is as clear as ever.
Yes, there are violent men; yes, they vastly outnumber violent women. But, they do not outnumber husband and fathers who are kind, honest, intelligent multitaskers who care for and support their wives and children.
We're are in a tricky position, men. For so long we, as a gender, insisted on occupying dominant roles in business and armchairs at home it is now difficult for modern men to assert themselves as the new norm.
Absolutely: despite a shift in gender roles, men still earn more, occupy more executive roles, and are less domestic than are women.
This does not mean we should not defend stereotypes defining us as violent and intolerant.
Sitcoms and talk shows don't help our image, and multi-media is also struggling to recognize fathers as a veritable voice among Mommy Bloggers in the world of parenting commentary and advice.
And men certainly don't help themselves.
It is still unpopular for a father to defend his metrosexuality, or love for his children and domestic life, while sitting at his office desk or running his work site.
We need to work on that.
As for my daughter, I don't need to work over her boyfriends for several reasons:
1) I don't work people over.
2) She's 5-years-old.
3) I'm teaching her to be confident in what she wants and doesn't want (except where broccoli is concerned)
4) She plays T-Ball, and has a bat of her own.
(See, I do have a sense of humor)