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TELL US: Should Father-Daughter Dances Be Banned?

Some schools in Rhode Island have now banned father-daughter dances, after school lawyers said they violate gender discrimination laws. Do you agree with the ban?


Father-daughter dances are a tradition at many schools and community centers in towns across Massachusetts.

But down in Cranston, R.I., school officials there say they have banned father-daughter dances after a complaint from one mother, according to various reports on Cranston Patch.

The move came after Cranston School Superintendent Judith Lundsten received a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a mother complaining that she had not be allowed to attend a father-daughter dance with her daughter.

Apparently the federal Title IX legislation that bans gender discrimination actually has an exemption for activities such as father-daughter dances. But Rhode Island law does not honor that exemption, Cranston Patch reports the superintendent as saying.

Does the ACLU have a point? Should father-daughter dances be banned? Or opened up to make it parent-child dances? Let us know in the comments section below.

Lori September 21, 2012 at 08:42 PM
absolutely not, girls love to dance with their dads and for girls who do not have fathers, they can dance with an uncle, grandfather, whoever, this world is going crazy
MoonBeamWatcher September 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM
John Hutchinson, Political Correctness is TYRANNY with manners! I offer the Ft. Hood Massacre which took place in 2009!
MaryAnn Keefe September 22, 2012 at 01:11 AM
No I don't think they should be banned. My husband died when my girls were very young and I enrolled them in all activities, dancing, cheerleading, girl scouts, and parent/child events. Why should all Father/daughter dances be banned. It is not fair. My children grew up without a father but had other male role figures in their lives, Uncles, brother, cousins, etc. who were able to do things with them, even to give them away when they were married. It is my hope that this practice will not be stopped.
Tommy McDonough September 22, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I do not believe father/daughter dances should be banned, but there should be tryouts. If it went to a father/daughter dance with my 13 year old daugher, I am convinced my foot work would embarass her.
Kev April 02, 2013 at 10:03 PM
I can't believe for the life of me that this is even an issue and/or is being debated. The fact that a mom wrote a letter is just plain silly. Ok, this girl doesn't have a father... neither do a lot of children. It's just the way it is. I didn't play a lot of baseball when I was younger because my dad left, but we didn't write letters banning the sport.

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