My Parents Don't Approve of Who I'm Dating
If I said, “I'm going out on a daddy-daughter date tonight,” people would say “aww ”, The Mom could say “We're going to spend some mom-son time” or “We're. I remember biting my tongue when my ex told me he was going to be busy Later that same day, I told our son how Daddy used to be a pro-skateboarder and how Not because I'm out with the girls or on a hot date, but because I'm in bed . Wear it proudly, and let your friends and neighbors know why you're a member of D.A.D.D.D—Dads Against Daughters Dating Democrats!.
I know some fathers love these kinds of events, but I was fairly apprehensive about going. Because aside from perhaps family weddings, when do you ever get dressed up, buy your date flowers, and go dancing without there being some kind of romantic agenda on the table? Become a supporter and enjoy The Good Men Project ad free I have a lifetime of iconography, emotions, and baggage that my mind associates with formal dances, so the idea of attending one with my DAUGHTER…yeah, it made me uncomfortable.
Fortunately, the night ended up being much less strange and much more benign than I thought it would be. There was face-painting and cookies and, after the scheduled balloon drop accidentally dropped half an hour early, my daughter and her friend asked if we could leave, so they could play at home. There were a few uber-intense dads who seemed a little too emotional during some of the slow dances, but, largely, the night was, if not innocent, fairly innocuous. I really appreciate fathers who actively look for special events to share with their daughters.
But I do have an issue with how society portrays father-daughter interactions, a portrayal that is, in part, reinforced by events like Daddy-Daughter Dances. For the record, I do not want to go on a date with my daughter. Do I want to spend time with her? Of course I do. Because I went on dates, a lot of dates, before I met her mother, and many of those dates were flirty, awkward, tense, embarrassing, and, occasionally, sexual. And it only gets more uncomfortable when you start associating it with father-son relationships.
They own plumbing supply stores. In AU versions of Star Wars that are even slightly comedic, Anakin will more often than not be less-than-pleased with Leia's choice of beau, Han Soloeither because he's still a mercenary smuggler, or the fact that Leia is 19 and Han is ten years older.
Big Damn Hero this happens in the backstory of Kyon's parents. It was successful to the point of becoming a Happily Married couple by the time the events of the fic happen. Several people believe that this is the only reason that Nanako bothered with Alex, as her father was a strict traditionalist Japanese man, whereas Alex is an ethnic French-American born in Japan. Riot is Jerrica's exe and she's had bad experiences with both of Raoul's parents. As it turns out, Raoul doesn't take after his parent's troublemaking personalities.
Simba's PrideSimba disapproves of his daughter's relationship with Kovu - even banishing him from the pridelands after a misunderstanding causing Kiara to run away, the two reconcile at the end of film however and he allows Kovu to be with Kiara and become his eventual successor as king.
In The Croods Eep and Guy begin a relationship. Much to Grug's dismay. Disney's Pocahontas sees John Smith behind her authoritative father's back. We are never shown his exact reaction to her kissing a white man, but judging from his reaction to her sneaking off to see one in the first place, it wouldn't have been pretty. He accepts his daughter's love for John Smith after she performs a Rousing Speech saying the path of love should always be chosen over the path of hatred, and allows John Smith to be a member of his tribe after Smith almost dies in a Heroic Sacrifice for him.
He also tries covering his eyes when he sees his other daughter Marianne with the Bog King. His loathing for Rodrigo leads to Gormaz trying to kill him and ending up getting killed himself. When Sammy and Lavash return to their aisles, they are scolded by Gefilte Fish and Baba Ghanoush respectively for traveling back together. Remember how you said your parents use you to get back at each other? Wouldn't I be outstanding in that capacity? Guess Who's Coming to Dinner was the racial version of this.
This example is especially interesting because the parents are in fact liberals who consider themselves tolerant people. He emasculates Stu, compares him to tasteless rice porridge, and is all too ready to call off the wedding when the Wolfpack is running late.
After Stu stands up for himself at the end, he grows to accept him. A gender-flipped version occurs in Drag Me to Hellin which the protagonist, Christine, is dating Clay, who is from a wealthier family than she is. Clay's mother makes it very clear than she doesn't think Christine is good enough for her son. Apparently, for the father-in-law, Christmas trees are Serious Businessas his mother was killed by Korean gangsters on Christmas Eve.
It doesn't help that the father-in-law is played by Danny Trejo in his typical "tough angry Latino" role. When Harold finally stands up to him at the end, the father-in-law reveals that this is what he wanted all alonga son-in-law who is strong enough for his daughter and that he always saw Harold as a good man. He doesn't know she's dating Spidey, only Peter Parker, but when mortally wounded supports Peter's crime-fighting Captain Stacy doesn't want her to be put in danger. Adrian Toomes turns out the be the father of Peter's crush, Liz Allan, but because Peter saved her life, Toomes allows him to go the homecoming dance with her, on the condition that he doesn't interfere with his plans.
A wealthy young Australian heiress has a history of dating men that her parents hate. After they forbid her marrying her latest boyfriend, Bruce, they make a bet.
If her next boyfriend is even more reprehensible to them than Bruce was she will be allowed to marry Bruce. Enter Cheech Marin acting as a sterotypical crude, offensive Mexican gangbanger. Just like in the comics, The Incredible Hulk has Betty Ross still in love with Bruce Banner a scientistmuch to her father's consternation.
It's incredibly ironic in this case, seeing as in the Marvel Cinematic UniverseBetty herself is a scientist. An inverted trope in the film Why Be Good? Peabody Sr goes through great lengths to make sure his son is safe from such a girl who might not be marriage material. Donna's father wasn't exactly thrilled she was dating a rock-and-roll singer of Mexican-American heritage. Goosebumps had Hannah being forbidden from dating Zach by her father, R. Jane is a rebellious teen, so there are hints that she does it partly to piss Captain Gordon, Defender of Earth!
Not that he has any reason to concerned, because Laharl is not interestednot that it stops Jane from pursuing him. Her third marriage, which is more cohabitation for convenience than anythingappalls her whole family, since the man is known to be a boor and keeps on a catamite.
All over the place in The Mortal Instruments. Isabelle dates anybody but other Shadowhunters, intentionally bringing home boys she knows her parents would disapprove of.
Jace says it's to get attention, it works - in the wrong way. Alec winds up in a gay relationship with a warlock. Jocelyn isn't wild about her daughter dating the boy that Valentine raised. Jocelyn and Luke's relationship has caused them no end of grief over the years.
Valentine forced Stephan Herondale to divorce Amatis simply because she was Luke's sister. Aline and Helen's lesbian relationship is controversial for Shadowhunters. Somewhat invoked and somewhat subverted when Maia and Simon date: A werewolf and a vampire dating is controversial but their mutual surrogate father figure, Luke, doesn't care and thinks highly of both of them.
Worth noting that while these relationships are all said to be taboo, actual opposition or fallout is very low-key if it's seen at all. It was the driving force in the plot of Erich Segal's Love Story. Because wealthy lawyer and Harvard legacy Oliver Barrett III believed his son must be rebelling against him by wanting to marry a working-class Italian-American who went to Radcliffe on a scholarship, this exchange happened: What offends you most, Father?
That she's Catholic, or that she's poor? What attracts you most? In The Half Life TrilogyAnnalise's attraction to the black witch Nathan is definitely looked down on by her white witch family. She's told not to even speak to him, but they end up in a relationship.
Andromeda Black's blood purist family disowned her and burned her name off the family tree after she married the Muggle-born wizard Ted Tonks. Likewise, Marvolo Gaunt, a pure-blood supremacy believer himselfconsiders his daughter Merope marrying a Muggle man an act of treason and, according to Dumbledore, refused to either mention her name or acknowledge her existence for the rest of his life.
Molly Carpenter is the daughter of a virtuous, conservative Catholic household. Her holding a torch for brooding bad boy wizard Harry Dresden is sure to upset her father right?
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Harry is much older than her, dresses in a leather duster and has always had a contentious relationship with the forces of law and order. The subversion is that her father, Michael, is one of Harry's best friends and ally in the fight against evil. Her mother HATES Harry's guts and until she warmed up to him later in the story would never approve of Molly dating someone like Harry let alone the man himself.
In fact her crush is closer to Like Parent, Like Spouse given that once you look below the surface Harry and Michael have a lot in common since they are both brave warriors who are willing to risk their lives to protect others and stand up for what they think is right.
Conklin loathes his daughter's boyfriend, Walter Denton. It isn't uncommon for him to kick Walter down his porch steps. Walter is something of a nuisance to Mr. However, there are other reasons as well. In "Spare That Rod! Conklin complained that the worst thing about Walter was his squeaky voice.
I expect it's his age. His voice is probably changing. Well, I wish it would hurry up. He sounds like a canary with a mouthful of rancid birdseed. They naturally argue all the time. Michael almost doesn't ask out Sally Sitwell because he thinks his father wants him to date her.
Then he finds out that his father knew he would act that way and pretended he wanted Michael to date Sally so Michael wouldn't. So Michael asks Sally on a date In The Big Bang Theory: Howard meets Bernadette and they start dating. He remarked with some pleasure that he knew dating a Catholic would kill his mother, and she similarly takes the opportunity to offend her parents by dating someone Jewish. Ultimately both sides of the family end up happy with the couple because of how good they were together.
Penny's father actually likes Leonard but Penny has a long history of using this trope. When he realizes that they have broken up, he " gives him a head start " getting her back by shouting at him very audibly for a minute or two.
Pryia dates Leonard in the fourth season despite her parents disapproval because Leonard isn't Indian. It doesn't work out for reasons other than that, mostly trying a Long-Distance Relationship that falls apart after a few months. She is also angered when she catches her son having sex with another man. While Robert Crawley doesn't initially hate Branson, the Irish radical chaffeur, it gets pretty ugly when he finds out about Branson's feelings for his little girl Sybil.
He comes round mostly in the end. While she does have some feelings for him, her main motivation is to "see Mummy's face crumple" when she finds out.
Jack, who has a more realistic idea of the racism they'd be facing, calls off the engagement. She does get to see Mummy's face crumple in Season 5 when she genuinely falls in love with the Jewish Atticus Aldridge. Her father, in the process of divorcing his horror of a socially-acceptable wife, is happy to see her Marry for Love. His father, on the other hand, takes exception to both the divorce and the fact that his grandchildren won't be Jewish by birth, but comes around when Rose saves him from an even worse scandal.
An episode of Frasier had Frasier's street-performer cousin Nikos marrying Mary-Ann, a woman from a rich family, whose parents hated him. When Nikos leaves her for a street performer he loved more, Mary-Ann yells "I will never forgive you for this! See how happy you've made my parents? At first, Monica's parents despised Chandler since he had been wrongfully blamed for a pot-smoking incident Ross committed years ago. Once they find out the truth, they immediately warm up to him.
Also, Rachel's father and Ross had a strong mutual dislike for each other. In fact, he prank calls the place and George remarks "I wonder what poor skank would get with him". In an absolute subversion, her parents are fine with the whole thing, but she continually acts as though they're being offensive. The implication is that she's chasing black men intentionally to piss off her parents - and it's not working. Mike does think Kyle has some way to go before becoming a husband or father, which is what annoyed him when Kyle and Mandy started dating.
Played straight with Ryan in multiple ways, the core of it that Ryan ran out on Kristin for several years and exacerbated by Ryan being every negative liberal stereotype you can imagine.
Francis's marriage stayed strong in the rough parts because both of them knew Lois hated Piama. It seems to be genetic, since we see that Hal's family utterly loathe Lois. In My Wife and KidsClaire specifically stops dating someone because her father loves him.
The person in question is a strict Christian who believes in waiting until marriage for sex. Even though she likes him, she wants to irritate her father, so she starts dating a rough gang banger.
Double Subverted in Porridgecareer criminal Fletcher strongly disapproves of his daughter Ingrid dating and becoming engaged to his cellmate Godber. However, Fletch doesn't hate Godber, he actually likes him a lot, but he's also painfully aware that he was a poor husband and father due to being in and out of prison his whole life, and fears the same thing happening again.
Dating What Daddy Hates
This was woven all the way through Roseanne: On at least one occasion, it was mentioned that Roseanne started dating Dan because he was the type of boy that her parents wouldn't like Roseanne and her sister Jackie, to be perfectly blunt, hate their parents.
Daughter Becky truly seemed to love the leather-clad biker Mark, but Roseanne firmly believed for the longest time that she was only dating him to torture her. Lastly, they actually used their hatred of the potential boyfriend as a benchmark to gauge how long the relationship will last. When Becky dates a perfectly nice football player who Dan instantly takes a liking to, Roseanne and Jackie inform him that he's the rebound, will be gone by the end of the month, and the next guy that Dan absolutely despises will be the "keeper.
In ShadowhuntersIzzy's relationship with the seelie Meliorn is heavily frowned upon and is given as a reason for her being unsuitable for the arranged marriage plans. In general, Shadowhunters dating Downworlders is not well regarded. In this case, it's not that Garak is different, but that he's too much like Dukat himself.
The fact that Garak literally tortured Dukat's father to death might have also been a factor Played with in the backstory of Supernatural: Ironically, Samuel would have also hated the Badass Hunter John ends up becoming because he also absolutely opposed the idea of his daughter getting involved with a Hunter.
In Switched at Birth Melody is congenitally deaf as is her son Emmett. So of course Emmett falls in love with a hearing girl. On Veronica Marspart of the backstory is a gender flipped version. Duncan Kane's mother hates Veronica. Lilly states that Celeste would hate anyone that Duncan might love more than her. Lilly also warns that Celeste would do anything to break up Duncan and Veronica. He breaks up with her without telling her why.
Veronica finds out on her own. It is unclear if Celeste really believes Veronica could be her husband's daughter or she just used it to break them up because she is obsessed with her son. In flashbacks Veronica's Mom and Duncan's Dad don't seem to have any concerns about the two dating. Jake's concern with Duncan and Veronica dating in "present" time seems to be more about knowing Keith doesn't believe that Lilly's murder has been solved, and Jake believing that Duncan accidentally killed his sister during a seizure.
On The West WingPresident Bartlet has a brief monologue noting his exasperation at his youngest daughter leaving his aide Charlie for a French Jerkhis oldest daughter marrying a total twit, and his middle daughter dating a stoner. His Servile Snarker secretary chimes in that she's heard girls look for their fathers in the men they date. Cox starts flirting with a new surgical intern.
Turk her boss gets fed up and outright tells her that she's not allowed to see Cox.