Dads against daughters dating application
A visit to the campus with her parents was arranged.
“When they went to Princeton, they could see that it was really safe, even though my dad was a bit worried,” recalled Maria, remarkably poised at 19.
Maria and her friends at the school, where 92 percent of the girls are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch and about 45 percent are observant Muslims, faced that struggle this spring.
“And I’m like, ‘Mom, they’re classmates, like, what if I’m in a discussion?“I don’t like that they only feel like I’ll be protected if I’m married,” said Iqra, who for a time was the only one in her Brooklyn middle school to wear the hijab.“I don’t want to be like my mom,” she added, and then paused, seeming startled by her own words.Like many teens, Maria and her friends want more independence than their parents want to grant.The girls want to stay connected to their religion and where they come from, while breaking free of things from their parents’ generation that they find constraining. Their moms and dads came to the United States to create better lives for their children, and believe that education is key, but they also want their girls to be safe, their religion to be respected and contact with boys to be kept to a minimum.