School officials in Cranston, Rhode Island, are taking androgyny to a whole new level. The district banned daddy-daughter dances and any similar mother-son events. The reason? According to the ACLU, this type of gender stereotyping "only perpetuates outdated notions of 'girl' and 'boy' activities and is contrary to federal law...the time has long since passed for public schools to stop encouraging stereotyping from the days of Ozzie and Harriet. Not every girl today is interested in growing up to be Cinderella," they say.
Of course, dressing like Cinderella was never a requirement to attend the dance, and boys don’t want to go in the first place. The real problem is having these dances when some girls don’t have dads. Dads don’t matter, says the ACLU. Only, they do. Every study says so. So, maybe there’s another option than bullying any reference to them from public life, especially when so many daughters would benefit.