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You Can't Appropriate Daddy

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Blaine Pilgrim
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On Saturday, controversial Silicon Valley personality Shanley Kane went on a now partially-deleted tweet rant about the word daddy.

she wrote in a now deleted tweet.

It s a highly sexualized way of identifying a male authority figure, and there have been countless essays and think pieces written about the internet s relationship with the word daddy.

Go through the comments and replies of any marginally famous man s social media and you ll find countless teens and probably adults too writing daddy, choke me daddy, and other similar sentiments.

In June, I penned an essay about the word for New York magazine s short-lived men s blog, Beta Male, where I sum up how the meaning of the word has evolved:

What daddy signifies in the 2010s is forever morphing and expanding, from parenthood to a way to express sexual deviance to sex work to gay slang to meme.

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