Society, I apologize in advance, but I am probably going to raise sociopaths.
Although, maybe being open with your offspring is the way to go. I have a young lady in my class who seems very well-rounded and pleasant, yet she comes from a household in which her father is very open with his children about his unconventional lifestyle. Well, at least this sentence from her essay makes it seem that way:
My father told me, “I am a young lady and I need to dress like one.”
Obviously, her father doesn’t try to hide from his children that he has a proclivity to cross-dress and assume the role of a young female.
Either that or he has dissociative identity disorder like Toni Collette’s character in United States of Tara, and one of his personalities is a young woman.
Or my student incorrectly used quotation marks.
If, perchance, it was an error on my student’s part, and her father was actually saying that she was a young woman who needed to dress accordingly, let me just offer some options.
1. Since quotation marks are used when quoting someone word-for-word, perhaps this is what she meant:
My father told me, “You are a young lady and you need to dress like one.”
2. Or she could just paraphrase it and forget the quotation marks:
My father told me that I am a young lady and I need to dress like one.
But, if she did quote him correctly and he does want to dress like a young lady, might I suggest that he (Warning: bad pun about to ensue) TAILOR his look more to Swift than Momsen: