It wasn’t her dad's firearm that terrified the author when she was growing up. It was the realization that a weapon could never protect her from the palpable violence.
The writer’s father spent years on a project that helped create the internet. So why does he recoil at the thought of his daughter’s warm embrace of its innumerable virtues?
The writer's Rush Limbaugh-loving dad made her promise never to become a "feminazi." Even as he raised her to be smart, outspoken, independent—and to feel entitled to equal rights.
For this writer, coming to terms with her shame meant disappointing her father. And realizing it was worth it.
After years of dealing with her father’s fair-weather parenting, the writer did the hardest thing a daughter can do.