April 2, 2013

Emily Wax’s otherwise moving article [“Steps toward a bond,” Style, March 21] about the father-daughter dance at the Richmond jail was not the place to raise boilerplate objections to traditionally gendered family celebrations.

The dance in Richmond, the first of its kind, is a world away from the sort of middle-class events that so aggrieved Peggy Drexel and Steven Brown, a gender scholar and ACLU official, respectively. The separated fathers and daughters featured in the story would probably appreciate more of what Brown glibly dismissed as “ ‘Ozzie and Harriet’ stuff.”

Matt Frost, Charlottesville