A few weeks ago, my daughter asked if she could sleep over at her (teenage) babysitter's house. The mom said it was OK with her, but warned me that she wouldn't be home. It would be just my daughter, the sitter, and the sitter's dad. I didn't hesitate. Of course she could sleep over at a house where a dad was in charge.
My decision was made purely on how well I know this family, but I'm finding that's not how it works for everyone. Some parents -- many parents -- don't let their daughters have sleepovers if there's a guy supervising, even if that guy happens to be the father of one of the girls involved.
In a recent Dear Prudence article, one single dad even confessed he was worried he couldn't throw his 12-year-old a sleepover birthday party because of his gender.
America, is this really where we are?