So your teen (or pre-teen) daughter has discovered male attention. She’s started to experience the male gaze and, in her young, innocent mind, it’s exciting and intoxicating. She wants more of it, so you notice her dressing more provocatively. You notice her social media selfies feature photos that make you a bit uncomfortable. Her and her friends are more interested in beautifying activities like going shopping, getting manicures, and having their hair done. Having a daughter is absolutely terrifying for this very reason. It’s just one of the things that makes raising a girl a bit harder than raising a boy. As a grown woman, you know just how creepy and predatorial men can be. You know there are men out there who specifically target young teenage girls who are coming into their own, and don’t yet realize the dangers of welcoming tons of male attention. Here is how to talk to your teenage girl about male attention.
It’ll come, no matter what she wears
Tell your daughter that she doesn’t have to dress provocatively in order to receive male attention. Male attention will come even if she goes out wearing a head-to-toe ski suit with a ski mask (so long as it’s pink—so men know she’s female). Tell her you can attest to this fact.