Gateway's "Beck/Smith Celebrity Gossip" (web site) reports that KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons won't make anyone's list of feminist fellows, what with his constant chauvinistic and lascivious statements. But get the veteran rocker talking about his 11-year-old daughter and the tables get turned pretty fast.
"I tell her to break the cycle. I tell her not to depend on man for a definition of who she is. I tell her not to depend on a guy for anything. When two girls are talking about a blind date, one will say, 'What does he DO?' When two guys are talking about a blind date, they don't care what your job is," he says. "It's, 'What does she look like?'"
In Simmons' view, parents "shouldn't put dollies into their daughter's hands. That's going to come naturally. Once they're past the pubescent stage, the nesting urge kicks in and they want to take on the guy's name and have babies and become Adam's rib. Then it's the never ending search for someone to take care of you.
"I say give them skills so they don't have to depend on a guy — computer classes, languages, music..." he says. "Too many women believe everything they do is about making the guy happy, every moment of their waking life. Well, the information age has leveled the playing field. When you don't need the guy's money, you break the cycle."
Simmons, who also characterizes his mother as an extremely strong woman, by the way, laughs as he says, "Listen, I pity the poor guy who is going to try to be my daughter's boyfriend. He's going to have to fetch a few more sticks than the average guy before she'll even give him the time of day."
Simmons also has a 14-year-old son with erstwhile Playmate Shannon Tweed, with whom he's lived for 20 years.
His iconoclastic views extend to marriage. "My daughter understands her mom and her dad never married but are happy together. Most people's moms and dads HAVE been married and are not together, and the kids get shuttled back and forth between homes."