This photo of Ricarra Schock, her Homecoming date, and her father Benjamin now has over 3 million views and thousands of Facebook shares. It's officially gone viral, and at first, was taken as a pretty humorous example of the classic Overprotective Dad trope.
But other analyses point out that this whole Overprotective Dad thing might be a little dated. I don't wholly agree with this Alternet article by Mary Elizabeth Williams, but I do think she has one particularly good point – even the phrasing of the image text provides an example of how we as a culture view sex. It's something men do to women, that women are the passive recipients of. Where's the daughter's agency? Where's her choice?
Ricarra is still only 16 years old, much younger than I was when I lost my virginity, so I understand that her parents still want to protect her from getting used or mistreated by an opportunistic guy. But our Overprotective Dad complex is doing guys a disservice too – by assuming they're all creeps who want to take advantage of our little girls.
Overall, I think this is a slightly humorous, if a little crude, photo taken in good fun – that makes me think about yet another weird problem in modern society.