After writing my initial summary of Fahs' Daddy's Little Girls and commenting on others' summaries, I started thinking about the fathers involved in the process of purity balls. My question to them is, "What are your thoughts behind this?" I theorize that the participating fathers are in one of two categories: the ignorant or the obsessive patriarch. The growing "culture of purity", as Fahs put it, has led our society to believe that these chastity events are part of a heteronormative culture. Purity isn't even a neutral topic today, as is made evident by the numerous clubs and organizations, it's something to announce (as if it was everyone's business to know about your sex life to begin with - how else would we know how to categorize you?). My guess is the fathers in the ignorant category just go along with the events and this culture, seeming to say, "Oh, look at my beautiful daughter. So responsible to make the choices she does." The other category of fathers is the obsessive patriarch, definitely aware of the meaning behind the dances. What I question is why they are so aware of their daughter's sexual activity. They aren't afraid of the possible backlashes of unprotected sex, but of the sex itself.
Follow-up entry: What are the fathers thinking?
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