Do you have rules for who your kids can and can not date?
Marcus Luttrell, the retired Navy SEAL whose memoir Lone Survivor was made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Mark Wahlberg, does.
The first season focused on Paul being left in charge of the kids after Cate takes a full-time job as a nurse, with comedic emphasis on his often strict rules concerning his daughters and dating.He asks that anyone who wants to date his daughter should, “Paint the house, mend some fence, cut the lawn, rope a tornado, bottle up a hurricane, and put out a forest fire w/ a squirt gun.” But the heart of his message is a very serious one, and it is, I believe, why the post has become so popular.At it’s core he’s talking about control: restricting whom his daughter can see based on fear that she’s going to get hurt or make a choice that he doesn’t agree with, a sentiment he wraps in the guise of fatherly love but which is actually disturbing and sexist. First, he says that any boy — and his list assumes that his daughter will want to date a boy when she begins dating, though at the age of 2, it’s far too early to tell her sexual preferences — will have to meet and get the blessing of all of his Navy SEAL teammates while they show him the armory.In other words, Luttrell literally has an army at the ready to defend his daughter!Luttrell goes on to say that if the boy makes the cut, then he can talk to his daughter over the phone, provided Luttrell holds the phone. Finally, he says he wants to get a chastity belt made “w/ a SEAL trident engraved on it [that] reads ‘Ask father for key.’ He’s the 6’5 250lbs tattooed maniac that’s chained to the wall.