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10 Things I’d Tell My Teenage Daughter About Men, Dating, Relationships, And Sex

Repeat after me honey "If he doesn't pay for dinner, that n*gga aint a winner"

You know, I’m not a dad yet, but I might be one day. If this day comes, there’s a 50/50 chance that my child will be a daughter, and I will do everything in my power to protect, love, and educate this girl. But, if she decides to cite a hug I didn’t give her in 2018 as the reason why she can’t find love in 2038, I’ll have one message for her: F*ck you


This disturbingly candid (or, would “candidly disturbing” work better?) example of the type of parent I’m probably going to be is the last paragraph of “Why “Daddy Issues” Don’t Really Exist” — an old entry where I argue that if every strange thing a woman does can be explained away with “daddy issues,” then perhaps they don’t exist. And, while “please don’t blame a hug you didn’t get in 2018 for your relationship issues in 2038” is definitely sage advice, I don’t think that’s quite enough.

Today, I’ve decided to share nine more bits of fatherly advice I’d give my (non-existent) teenager daughter if she actually decides to exist one day

2. Just assume that every man you meet from now until you’re, I don’t know, 53(?) would sleep with you if given the opportunity

This doesn’t mean that every man you meet is going to try to. This also doesn’t mean that sleeping with you is all any man is ever going to want from you. There will be men who’d give their left testicle just for five minutes of your time. Men who’d build a bridge across Lake Michigan if that’s what it took to you see you. Men who will want to debate you, make fun of you, hear your opinions about “Amistad” and Meek Mill, build houses for you, sit in silence with you, lay next to you, travel with you, learn from you, teach you, learn about you, take you to IKEA, and grow old with you. But, the man wanting to sleep with you is the foundation for all of that, and you’d be wise never to forget that.

Shit, as much as I love your mother, you wouldn’t be here today if I didn’t want to tear her clothes off the first time I saw her at the Ole Country Buffet hovering over a plate of steamed broccoli while her thong was peaking out ever so slightly from her two toned silver vintage stretch pants church.

3. When in doubt, break up

Relationship drama is for grown ups. And by “grown-ups” I mean “old motherf*ckers.” If you’re 23 years old, and you and your boyfriend are going through some serious adversity, break the f*ck up with him. No need to be “working through” anything if you’re still not even old enough to serve in the House of Representatives.

I know this seems cold, but your youth should be the time when you’re having as much fun as you possibly can, not losing sleep because some janky negro with lint on his lips is going through some depression and you don’t know how to help him. You really want to know the best way to get through to him? Say “deuces” and let him figure that shit out for himself while you’re at Outback Steakhouse with that cute guy you met at the swap meet last weekend.

4. Learn how to ***insert word that rhymes with “pastorgate”***

I’m telling you this now because you’ll likely be a much happier person if you’re able to, um, “make yourself happy” without the assistance of others. If you need more details, you should probably go ask your mom. Or one of your white classmates.

5. Eat your vegetables

I hate (most) vegetables, but your mom seems to love them. Since your mom is banging — and since banging women have (somewhat) easier lives — I’d suggest you start emulating her. Eat your veggies and shit.

6. When in dating doubt, always err on the side of making things harder for the guy

He needs to convince you that he’s worthy of being in your life, not the other way around.

7. When in relationship doubt, err on the side of making things easier

You have carte blanche to be a bit of an asshole while you’re single and dating. In fact, I encourage it. Once a guy has proven himself worthy and ‘won” you, though, you can start buying him gum and shit.

8. I know I’m your father and you love me and shit, but don’t try to date men like me

I’m an awkward asshole who only tricked your mother into marrying me because I told her the Sultan of Brunei is my second cousin on my dad’s side. Your best strategy would be to avoid all assholes, awkward and, um, unawkward, regardless of how attractive and “unique” they seem to be. You can usually easily spot them, too. They’re the ones who intrigue you and make you feel a little tingly because they literally do not give a f*ck about you or anything you do.

I actually don’t expect you to follow this advice, but if you did it would save you a shitload of unnecessary heartache.

9. Throughout life, you’re going to meet women who say things like “I never really got along with other women.” Avoid these women the same way Antonio Cromartie avoids condoms. 

10. Throughout life, you’re going to meet men who say things like “I’m not like every other guy.” If you happen across a man like this, kick him in the nuts. 

If he screams, he’s exactly like every other guy. If he doesn’t, he’s obviously a eunuch, and might actually be telling the truth.

That’s enough for me today. Did I forget anything? Also, people of, what advice would you give to your teenage daughters?

—Damon Young (aka “The Champ”)

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Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for and EBONY Magazine. And a founding editor for 1839. And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at Or don't. Whatever.

  • Jay

    Try to be as honest as possible. I think women have a HUGE…..HUGE problem with this. Not that they are dishonest(unless they are). I’m just saying that women as a whole have a hard time with the brutal, honest truth and this is EXACTLY what most men want.

  • when she decides to marry, honor those vows; break her hubby off often…and swallow.

    I’ll have to hire somebody to tell her that….

  • Uh but what was number 1?

    My daddy told me not to force a weak man into marriage because the worse position to be in is beside a husband who resents waking up with you AND resents the kids down the hall. He also told me men 35+ who are really into shiny (which is different from ‘nice’), things will likely never get to know me. They’re just looking for someone to look pretty in the passenger side. If that was cool, alright. But know the deal. The last thing (that I will share), is that he’s casually said my sister and I don’t ‘look smart’ so a lot of men are going to assume we aren’t and approach as such. I get what he was saying because I understand him as the habitually inappropriate parental figure who immediately notified me of his vasectomy.

  • LOL @
    10. Throughout life, you’re going to meet men who say things like “I’m not like every other guy.” If you happen across a man like this, kick him in the nuts.

    If he screams, he’s exactly like every other guy. If he doesn’t, he’s obviously a eunuch, and might actually be telling the truth.


    I just about nearly DIED this morning laughing at that!!!
    (Where do you come UP with this stuff??)



    Real talk, I have a daughter and she is only six, but I am already terrified of her dating. My advice would probably be something like “just say no.”

  • NubianKween

    that picture makes me want to birth babies and stuff

  • NubianKween

    My advice
    Always remember, you’re the girl! He needs to pursue you not the other way around.

  • 90sgagirl

    I grew up with mom and my father in my household(no cosby show), but he NEVER told me anything about boys/men/dating #yeshrug I’m just gonna assume that it’s awkward for him or he doesn’t know how to talk/communicate, especially with their daughters..sigh….

  • Royale W. Cheese

    #2…”But, the man wanting to sleep with you is the foundation for all of that, and you’d be wise never to forget that.” I dunno. I think it’s healthiest, wisest, and most peaceful for a woman to never feel any kind of way about that. It may not be evil, but it sure as heck isn’t special. And you can argue “what if no man ever wanted to sleep with you” all day, but that’s a hypothetical fiction that just ain’t gonna happen.

    #10 LMAO. Stop the violence.

  • That Ugly Kid

    11. When you start dating, don’t date jerks. If you do, don’t complain to me about it. You knew what you were getting yourself into but dated him anyway. Talk to your mom about this. Took her years before she found me. And she still got it wrong…

    12. I’d rather you not have sex at all until you’re at least 21. However, should you run into a guy who, like me, has an ungodly knack for bullsh*tting his way into your panties, please practice safe sex.

    13. Should #12 occur, understand I will be incarcerated for 1st Degree murder.

    14. When you turn 18, your friends are no longer “off limits”. You have been warned.

    15. #14 will only take place if I’m single. Either through divorce or if your mom was tragically killed in a freak crocodile wrestling accident.

    16. If #14 takes place and the conditions of #15 weren’t met. Shut. The F*ck. Up.

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