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    Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    CRANSTON, R.I.—School officials in the Rhode Island city of Cranston have ended their traditional father-daughter dances and mother-son ballgames, saying the activities are a violation of state gender discrimination law.


    School Superintendent Judith Lundsten tells the Providence Journal the move came in response to a complaint from a single mother, who brought her case to the American Civil Liberties Union after her daughter wasn’t allowed to attend a father-daughter dance.
    Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law - thestar.com

    In response to a letter from the ACLU, the school district has apparently decided that father-daughter dances and mother-son ballgames violate Rhode Island's gender discrimination laws. Attorneys for the school district say that whereas federal law provides an exemption for these sorts of events, state law does not. The issue was brought to light when a Republican nominee for state senate said he would work toward making that change.

    The ACLU, however, claims that it has nothing to do with state vs. federal law. They argue instead that father-daughter dances foster "blatant stereotypes" that should not be tolerated in this day and age:

    "Arranging for a dance for girls to go to and a ballgame for boys to go is a tradition that may have worked in the 1950s but it doesn't necessarily play out the same in 2012,"
    Thus, they don't care so much about the Rhode Island girl who wanted to attend her father-daughter dance without her father - they're more concerned that a school district would go so far as to foster "outdated notions" by arranging a formal dance activity for girls and a baseball game for boys. Of course, they'd be equally unhappy about a father-daughter baseball game or a mother-son dance.

    They didn't comment about what we're supposed to do about the kids who are equally averse to dances and ballgames. Perhaps they want to focus on destroying things one at a time.

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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    The ACLU loves tearing people apart.

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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    This is a joke, right?
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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    Easy solution, Parent/Child Dance/Ballgame, or just allow the people with only a mother/father do the activity as well. Cancelling it seems childish.
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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    I can sort of see where they are coming from. Can a father and daughter go to the baseball game instead of the dance, if that's what they would prefer? If the answer is no, that seems like a problem.

    I think having parent-child (i.e. gender neutral) events makes more sense in general.
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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    First, what's the source of the second quote? It doesn't appear in the link you provided.

    Second, ACLU's statement means imo that families don't always equal married opposite sex parents, which was certainly true decades ago, but not now. A shame that a single lawsuit from a disgruntled parent (shades of Michael Newdow) would bring an end to this very sweet and noble tradition. The bond of father and daughter is the very relationship that our entire society needs to do as much as possible to foster, strengthen, and celebrate. I've said before and I'll say again that 90% of societies problems would be solved if men would learn how to treat women better, and the root of that is a girls view of her father.
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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    Why wasn't she allowed to attend? Was it because she's fatherless, because she didn't have an adult with her at all? The article doesn't say.
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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    Wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall, as the ACLU reviews requests for assistance?

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    O, no, there's absolutely nothing more important going on than whether a school function reinforces 1950's stereotypes. Nope.

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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Easy solution, Parent/Child Dance/Ballgame, or just allow the people with only a mother/father do the activity as well. Cancelling it seems childish.
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    Re: Rhode Island schools ban father-daughter dances, says dances violate law

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    Easy solution, Parent/Child Dance/Ballgame, or just allow the people with only a mother/father do the activity as well. Cancelling it seems childish.
    How can you say that canceling is "childish" when the alternatives are "play baseball with your parents" and "dance with your parents" activities - might work for kids in elementary school, but high school students?

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