Do any of you think that's it's an outdated practice and really it's no business of the parents to be "giving permission" in respect of their adult daughters?
It's a one-way street which smacks of the sexist notion that a woman cannot make her own decisions without permission from her "protectors".
It's an interesting thought but I don't know of any cases where it's happened that the girl in question wasn't involved in the process so it's not like it's done and she is oblivious to it.
It just seems to me that if the girl is calling their parent to tell them that the guy wants to talk to them then she has already decided what her answer is going to be anyway. If she knows she's going to say "No" then I'd assume most would be smart enough to tell the b/f not to bother making the call to begin with.
If that's the case then what have I really given my permission to?
In my case, since she setup the call I didn't really even consider saying no. It was her decision to make.