As a single dad for many years -- and still a dad today -- this article strikes a chord, because I've often felt very self-conscious about being out alone with Destiny. An unchaperoned adult male with a little kid is guaranteed to look suspicious in today's child-obsessive culture. On Saturday I was clothes-shopping with Destiny, as much just to spend time with her as any need for her to buy clothes. Every time Destiny was in the changing room I was very aware that I was a grown man standing around in the girl's clothes section near the nighties, panties, and school-girl outfits. That's a sign of pedophilia, right? Well, no, but there's a social stigma to that -- it's what people see, no matter how untrue. Mom's supposed to help with that, because God-forbid a dad knows how to pick pretty clothes that fit...wait, a grown man wants to buy his pre-teen daughter pretty clothes? That's suspicious, you know! The sad thing is, because I use the words "pretty" "pre-teen" "adult" and "girl" in this post, it's going to catch nasty search results from those men whom people are actually afraid of. Oops, now I used the word "nasty", too. What a depressing world it is -- not because of pedophiles, but because attentive, loving dads are assumed to be pedophiles if they're spending time with their daughters.
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