daughter - Fear Is Just a Word

Daughter is a term used to describe a female offspring of biological parents. The term can also be used to refer to an adopted female child or even a stepdaughter. While the concept of having a daughter may sound simple, it carries with it a lot of weight in different cultures and societies around the world. In this article, we will discuss various aspects of daughters and explore their importance in different cultures.

Biological Aspects

Biologically speaking, the process of having a daughter is initiated by the fertilization of a female egg by a male sperm, which then grows into a fetus and eventually a daughter. The sex of the child is determined by the sex chromosomes carried by the father’s sperm. If the sperm carries an X chromosome, the child will be female, whereas if it contains a Y chromosome, the child will be male.

In terms of physical differences, daughters differ from sons in various aspects, such as body shape, hormonal changes, menstrual cycles, and reproductive system. The primary sex hormone responsible for these differences in women is estrogen, which is secreted in higher quantities than men.

Roles of Daughters in Different Cultures

The roles and expectations of daughters differ across cultures and religions. In some societies, daughters are seen as inferior and less valuable compared to sons, while in others, they are revered and respected for their nurturing and caregiving abilities.

In Hinduism, for example, a daughter is considered a blessing and is celebrated in ceremonies such as the Kanyadaan (“giving away of the daughter”). In South Asian cultures, daughters are often viewed as the bearers of family honor, and it is their responsibility to uphold the family’s reputation.

In contrast, some cultures have discriminatory practices against daughters, leading to gender imbalances in the population. For instance, in some areas of China and India, having a son is seen as more important as they are believed to carry on the family name and continue the family’s lineage. This has led to an alarming trend of female infanticide and selective abortion, which has created gender imbalances in the population.

Daughters in Parenting

Raising daughters is a unique experience that requires patience, understanding, and guidance. Parents play a significant role in shaping their daughter’s personality, values, and beliefs. Parents often aim to teach their daughters to be independent, confident, and capable of making their own decisions.

In some situations, daughters may face challenges such as gender biases, stereotypes, and discrimination. This is where the role of parents becomes crucial, as they need to provide emotional and mental support to their daughters and encourage them to pursue their dreams.

Daughters in Literature and Media

Daughters have also played an essential role in literature and media. Numerous tales and stories revolve around the relationships between fathers and daughters. These narratives often feature themes of love, sacrifice, and family bonds.

In modern media, daughters are often portrayed as strong and independent characters who can handle themselves in situations traditionally reserved for male characters. This has led to the evolution of gender roles in media and has often challenged societal norms regarding gender expectations.


In summary, daughters are an integral part of families and societies. They play a unique and irreplaceable role in the world, and their contributions are often overlooked. It is imperative that daughters are valued and respected in all cultures and societies, regardless of gender biases and stereotypes. By doing so, we can create a more equitable and just world, where all individuals are free to pursue their dreams and aspirations, regardless of gender.

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McDonald’s found liable for US girl’s burns from hot chicken nugget

South China Morning Post

23-05-11 19:03

McDonald’s and franchise operator Upchurch Foods have been found liable by a Florida jury for a chicken McNugget which fell on a four-year-old girl’s lap, inflicting second-degree burns to her thigh. The jury will now determine how much the defendants must pay. The girl’s parents sued the companies for inadequate employee training, failure to warn customers of the food's temperature and cooking it to a point hotter than necessary. Lawyers for McDonald's countered that the nuggets had to be hot to avoid salmonella, and were designed to be eaten, not pressed against flesh.

Robert De Niro reveals name of newborn as he shares first photo of her

The Independent

23-05-11 17:29

Actor Robert De Niro has named his newborn daughter, Gia Virginia Chen-De Niro, after revealing her in his first photograph on CBS Mornings. Gayle King presented the image of the baby, who was wearing a light pink onesie and had black hair, and said the actor and his partner were “over the moon” about the child. King quoted De Niro as revealing that the pregnancy was planned and that he was “psyched” and “excited” about the new arrival.

God is an Octopus: Ben Goldsmith rebuilds his life after his 15-year-old daughter’s death


23-05-11 17:00

Ben Goldsmith has written a book titled "God is an Octopus" documenting his father's one-year journey of grieving after the tragic death of his 15-year-old daughter, Iris. The book chronicles the environmentalist’s awakening and change of life’s priorities after his daughter's unexpected death. The aftermath of Iris’s death led him to rewild his farm and step out of a pond of unbearable grief. The book is a personal examination of grief, as well as ecological call to arms. Ben believes his book offers a meandering pathway through the thickets of grief and hopes readers can learn new things from his experiences.

Abducted Illinois girl found six years later following Netflix show

The Independent

23-05-16 12:25

A girl who was abducted by her mother in Illinois has been found safe, almost six years after her disappearance. Kayla Unbehaun was recognised from her appearance on the Netflix show “Unsolved Mysteries” by a shop owner in North Carolina who alerted police. Kayla had disappeared while visiting her mother, who had visitation rights only, in 2017. Her father, who had full custody, later discovered that his daughter and Ms Unbehaun were missing from the Wheaton house. Ms Unbehaun has been arrested and charged with one count of child abduction and may face further charges.

Flee­ing Su­dan: ‘I had to do it for my daugh­ter’

Al Jazeera

23-05-16 09:53

Hamsa Alfaki has described her experiences of being forced to flee her home in Sudan due to fighting between the army and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), in an interview with Al Jazeera. Alfaki, who worked for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Khartoum North, eventually had to leave with her six-year-old child and other family members when conflict drew too close to their home. The group journeyed a total of 20 hours to reach Halfa, on the Egyptian border, where they initially stayed in a gym before being taken in by a local family.

The evil of idleness plagues Britain and nobody can be bothered to slay it


23-05-16 21:00

The UK is experiencing a shortage of labour in key sectors such as farming, hospitality and social care, causing some commentators to question why the country is importing labour from abroad when there are millions of people out of work. Some suggest their unwillingness to take up these opportunities comes down to benefits payments that allow them to live off the state, a situation that was never the purpose behind the welfare state. While everyone agrees that society needs a safety net to help those who genuinely need it, when there are families in which two or even three generations have never worked, there is clearly a problem. However, incentivising employment by linking benefits to work has had little success. Another suggested solution is to address educational deficits and upskill people so they are better equipped to take on the work that is available.

Stay-at-home mother explains why she relies on full-time nanny

The Independent

23-05-16 20:45

Jen Miller, who works from home and employs a full-time nanny, has shared a typical day in her life on social media platform TikTok. After disclosing her initial concern that people might wonder why she required full-time support, 29-year-old Miller described what a typical day looks like for her and her daughter in Austin, Texas. Having had her daughter, she decided that her husband would be responsible for finances and she would take care of everything else, but also run her business from home. Many viewers of her video praised her for her honesty about her lifestyle.

Woman charged with husband’s murder says daughter, 7, pulled trigger

The Independent

23-05-17 10:16

Lawyers for Laurie Shaver, a Florida woman accused of murdering her husband in 2015, stand accused of trying to elicit a false confession from her 14-year-old daughter. Lawyers for Shaver, who has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and accessory after the fact, allege that her daughter has expressed the desire to testify in court that she, not her mother, was responsible for the fatal shooting. The defence previously requested that the minor undergo forensic psychological evaluation, which the court denied. Shaver is accused of killing her husband Michael Shaver in November 2015, before burying him in a fire pit in March 2018. His disappearance was not reported until the latter date. Shaver claimed that her husband had quit his job and left the family of his own accord. She is also accused of using his money, marrying another man and selling his firearms.

Newly Published, From Young Adult Novels to China’s Cultural Revolution

NY Times

23-05-17 19:00

The New York Times Book Review offers a selection of newly released books, including young adult novels such as "Warrior Girl Unearthed" by Angeline Boulley, a heist story with Indigenous themes, and "Borderless" by Jennifer De Leon, exploring issues of migration and violence. Other featured books include "Class War: A Literary History" by Mark Steven, a survey of revolutionary literature, and "Red Memory: The Afterlives of China's Cultural Revolution" by Tania Branigan, an exploration of the people and ideologies central to the period. The list also features "The Stronghold" by Dino Buzzati, a newly translated novel about a soldier's simultaneous dread and determination while keeping vigil for an absent enemy.

Who is Meghan Markle’s mother? Everything to know about Doria Ragland

The Independent

23-05-17 17:45

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle and her mother Doria Ragland were involved in a two-hour car chase with a ring of aggressive paparazzi following them after attending a charity awards ceremony in Manhattan. Describing the pursuit as “relentless”, the royal couple criticised the paparazzi for driving recklessly and endangering the convoy. Photographs have appeared of the trio sitting in the back of a New York taxi after the incident. Ragland had previously explained in the Harry Meghan docuseries that she was unhappy with paparazzi behaviour following her daughter’s marriage. After accusing them of stalking her at home and at work, she said in a statement: “This is my child. I have nothing to say.” Ragland has accompanied the Duke and Duchess of Sussex to various events over the years and attended the royal wedding.

Why Reputation era Taylor Swift was my favourite Taylor Swift

The Sydney Morning Herald

23-05-17 22:30

Australian author Tabitha Carvan has changed her opinion on Taylor Swift's album Reputation, prompted by her eight-year-old daughter's fandom. Watching the video for the album's lead single, Look What You Made Me Do, again, Carvan saw the humour in the song for the first time, enjoying its camp, catchy quality and taking note of Swift's self-awareness. Reputation, which was released in 2017, was criticised for being petty and self-obsessed, but as Carvan found, the album contained some "perfect" songs, with opening track Delicate revealing fears about the fragility of romantic relationships.

Lauren Harries’ mother issues plea after CBB star has brain surgery

The Independent

23-05-18 07:46

The mother of Celebrity Big Brother 2013 contestant Lauren Harries has issued a plea for information about her daughter's medical symptoms after doctors failed to diagnose the cause. Harries, who became a child star on Terry Wogan's television show, underwent emergency surgery on her brain last month and has remained in hospital since. Her mother has taken to her daughter's Twitter account to ask for any assistance people may have. She also thanked NHS staff who, she said, saved Lauren's life.

I love my mom, but her new boyfriend … not so much. How do I prove he’s a scumbag? Ask Lisi

The Toronto Star

23-05-18 10:00

A father says his 15-year-old daughter is constantly rude and angry. He has tried giving her slack and understanding that she lost her mother at the beginning of the pandemic. However, he doesn't tolerate rudeness and disrespect. In response, an advice columnist suggests going to grief counseling and therapy and using a shared calendar to help improve their communication and reduce misunderstandings. The columnist ends by reminding the father that he is the parent and he has the right to implement consequences in response to his daughter's ill-treatment.

What watching my daughter play ‘The Legend of Zelda’ taught me

Washington Post Opinion

23-05-18 14:24

Tom Bissell, author and screenwriter, reflects on how the “Legend of Zelda” franchise evolved from being a pastime for bored, small-town kids to an essential tool for dopamine-induced escapism. As the popularity of the original game was due to features such as hidden passages and treasure, it struck a chord with young people whose curiosity it stimulated. This has continued to this day. The latest iteration, “Tears of the Kingdom,” is a direct sequel to “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” which is mostly about wandering, thinking, and tinkering. Video games can serve as an alternative to unstructured play for children like Bissell’s daughter, for whom the prolific series might represent an avenue for adventure and exploration in a world filled with peril and secrets.

Pierce Brosnan bears uncanny resemblance to mother in smiling photo

The Independent

23-05-18 18:23

Pierce Brosnan has garnered attention for appearing incredibly similar to his mother in an Instagram post he shared on Mother's Day. The Irish actor, who was raised in County Meath, had been raised by his grandparents for 12 years after his mother moved to London. In his recent Instagram post, which featured several photos of him and his mother, Brosnan showed a green shamrock and red heart and wrote, "I love you Mum!" The similarities between the two were noted by fans, with one admirer writing that Brosnan gained his "good looks" from his mother.

Prisoners’ rights advocate Coralee Cusack-Smith pushed for changes to correctional system

The Globe and Mail

23-05-18 22:00

Coralee Cusack-Smith, a mother of two whose campaign to reform Canada’s correctional system after the death of her daughter Ashley Smith, has died aged 75. Ashley Smith’s death, deemed a homicide by a coroner’s inquest, occurred while she was in custody at the age of 19. Smith had been in custody for almost four years and spent more than 1,000 days in solitary confinement following misbehavior whilst at school. Her mother fought for reforms to the use of solitary confinement and was also vocal on issues including inhumane treatment and a lack of mental health support in prisons.

Mother of 8-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody says pleas for hospital care were denied

The Toronto Star

23-05-20 04:19

The mother of an 8-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody said Friday that agents repeatedly ignored pleas to hospitalize her medically fragile daughter as she felt pain in her bones, struggled to breathe and was unable to walk. Agents said her daughter’s diagnosis of influenza did not require hospital care, Mabel Alvarez Benedicks said in an emotional phone interview. They knew the girl had a history of heart problems and sickle cell anemia. The girl died Wednesday on what her mother said was the family’s ninth day in Border Patrol custody.

Heir to Spanish throne graduates from Welsh college


23-05-20 18:01

Spain's King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia and daughter Princess Sofia attended a graduation ceremony at UK college Atlantic College to watch Princess Leonor, heir to the Spanish throne, graduate. Atlantic College has around 4,500 students and has a history of attracting overseas royals, as well as alumni such as Queen Noor of Jordan and King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Founded in 1962, the estate near Llantwit Major includes the 12th Century St Donat's Castle and was once the former home of American newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst.

Mother of 8-year-old girl who died in U.S. border patrol custody says pleas for hospital care were denied

The Globe and Mail

23-05-21 00:25

US border officials have rejected accusations from the mother of an eight-year-old Honduran girl, who died in custody this month, that the girl received inadequate care. The girl had heart problems and sickle cell anaemia and had been diagnosed with influenza. Her mother said agents failed to hospitalise her when she stated that she could not breathe and felt pain in her bones. The girl died on her ninth day in Border Patrol custody, with people supposed to be held for up to 72 hours under normal circumstances.