This stuff is about as creepy as Jeebustarianism gets.
Speaking of daughters, though, and giving them away and such... I have a daughter who is an RN as well as a poet. She has competed in a number of poetry slams and rose to regional playoffs (poet offs?) one year.
One time she was reciting some of her poems at an open mike night, and at the same time she had an ad on a dating site somewhere.
A day or two later she got an email that included a line from one of her best poems in the title. The poem included lines about making Mickey Mouse Pancakes. Anyway one thing led to another, and about a year ago he bought her a house.
Two months ago I got a phone call from my daughter. I could sense something was up but she was not telling me. Finally she asked if Mike, her beau, could talk to me. Mike is an extreme computer geek nerd and a big fan of 60s rock. My lovely husband and I both like him a lot.
Mike comes on the phone and asks me if he could have the honor of having my daughters hand in marriage. I told him, with no hesitation, that nothing would make me happier. Mike is a gentle, soft spoken, kind guy with a subtle sense of humor.
So I will be giving my daughter away in a formal NON-RELIGIOUS wedding ceremony next October.
But this does not mean I own her. And since she and Mike have been living together for over a year, well, she is a somewhat attractive 27 year old. I have no knowledge and I do not wish to know about her virginity. A man being concerned about that is downright creepy and damn near incestuous in my opinion.
What I want is for my daughter to be a happy and productive member of society, and that does seem to be the case. I still call her Smurf though.
Now excuse me please, I have a plane to catch.