A Central Utah man’s attempt to teach his daughter a thing or two about modesty has made the family famous –and feminists furious.
Scott Mackintosh, of Lehi, was taking his family out to dinner recently when his wife, Becky, asked the couple’s 19-year-old daughter Myley to change because the shorts she was wearing were too revealing.
“She said ‘NO!’” Scott Mackintosh wrote on “Becky Mack’s Blog of Mild Chaos,” his wife’s blog, . “Instead of turning her response and disrespectful attitude into a major battle, I decided to make a ‘small’ statement on how her short-shorts maybe aren’t as ‘cute’ as she thinks!”
So Mackintosh cut down a pair of denims to “Daisy Duke” length and took the family out to dinner, a round of miniature golf, and ice cream.
“I don’t know, I thought it was really funny at first and I immediately started taking pictures,” Myley told ABC 4 , one of numerous interviews the Mackintoshes have done since Scott’s Sept. 3 stunt, including a “Today Show” show. (Video below.)
She didn’t think it was so funny when it came time for the ice cream shop, though, opting to stay in the car to avoid being seen with the family.
Those fun-loving free-spirits at Jezebel.com didn’t think it was so funny either, launching a 1,200-word diatribe against Mackintosh’s “modest is hottest” campaign.
“This is not about what looks good or doesn’t,” an irate Tracey Moore. It’s about his feelings about women, impropriety, watching his daughter grow up and become autonomous or sexual … It’s about equating her worth with her seeming virginity or innocence.”
All right, then.
First of all, almost nowhere in the coverage of this is it mentioned that Myley is 19 years old. While technically a “teen daughter” – which is how all she’s almost universally referred to (it makes the story better) – she’s also technically and legally an adult.
By 19, frankly, she shouldn’t be being told what to wear to go out to dinner with her family. And by 19, she shouldn’t need to be.
But that’s something for Myley, Becky and Scott to deal with (or not).
It’s the attention the story is getting – and the screed on Jezebel – that’s interesting.
When a family dispute over a 19-year-old woman’s choice of “sexy” clothing goes viral, and the overwhelming approval for the father’s efforts (besides his obvious sense of humor) is such that it requires draws a screeching feminist defense, it makes you wonder if those “progressives” have done as much damage as they think they have.
Cheer up. As bad as it looks sometimes, they only think they’re winning.