(Salon) -- Who wants to break it to dads that their teenage daughters are not their property? Who wants to tell them that joking about them like they are is just weird? But more than that, who wants to tell the members of the media who perpetuate that old joke just how tired it really is?
Bangor, Wisconsin father Benjamin Schock seems like a good-natured guy who can appreciate the humor in the whole Papa Bear routine. And his wife, photographer Sharee Schock, also tells Buzzfeed that “her family is focused on having fun and being positive, especially since her husband is currently battling multiple brain tumors.” I hope that the whole family has as much fun and laughter in their lives as possible right now, and that they have many more happy memories to come. I also get that not every moment of joshing around is an act of oppression by the patriarchy. So when the Schock’s 15-year-old daughter Ricarra posed with her date for photos before the homecoming dance earlier this month — and then Benjamin stepped in for a similar image, standing with his arms clasped around the boy for a shot captioned, “Whatever you do to my daughter, I will do to you” — of course it was all in fun.