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Finally, someone pointed it out: Dads are portrayed as helpless creatures when it comes to the issue of parenting.
In an NPR commentary, novelist and critic Louis Bayard takes the New York Times to task for yesterday's article on the panic that ensues when a working mother travels for work.
It carried nuggets like this:
Peace of mind for working mothers who have to travel comes in all sorts of forms. While working fathers who go away on business may use some of the same tactics, mothers are often the ones laying out their children's skating outfits and freezing extra dinners before they leave town.
Ms. Smith, whose Web site is called MomTini Lounge, said children thrive on routine and structure, "so moms who travel try to minimize the disruption at home." She said she jettisons any unnecessary commitments like play dates to streamline the family schedule as much as possible while she is away.
That's too much for Bayard:
It's not the world I live in -- the one where every day, competent hands-on fathers (married, partnered, single) navigate their children from point to point without mishap. But then it's not the world anyone lives in. With more and more women serving as primary wage-earners and more and more men serving as primary caregivers, it's only logical that the organizing intelligence behind any given household might actually have a Y chromosome.
So how has this news failed to reach the major cultural organs? It's one thing when Huggies puts out a series of ads showing dads unmanned by the mere prospect of a diaper. It's pretty much the identical thing -- subtler but no less pernicious -- when a champion of bourgeois values like the Times beats the same dead horse.
And if anything, the Times article shows how harmful the anti-dad bias can be to women. I was amused at first to see the logistical extremes Weed's supermoms go to whenever they leave town: ordering drugstore supplies online, canceling play dates in advance, laying out skating outfits and freezing a week's worth of meals and leaving a list of "all the carpools, sports practices and games, babysitter hours" and anything else their husbands might need.
The comments section of the Times' article, by the way, reveals a land foreign to the reporter -- a land where men and kids can figure out how to survive:
I have to admit that I may roll my eyes and mutter under my breath at some of the things my husband does or doesn't do, but, geesh, the man can find the grocery store or, if all else fails (and I'm the one more likely to resort to this), a restaurant. Freezer full of frozen (home cooked!) dinners? Come on!
Another commenter notes that her husband is fully capable making dinner and taking care of the kids, and then notes the family's nanny seems to agree.(23 Comments)
Hockey in the news is intersecting in a number of fascinating ways today.
Jack Jablonski, the Benilde-St. Margaret's sophomore who was paralyzed when hit from behind in a game this season, is leaving the rehab hospital this afternoon and heading for a temporary apartment until modifications are finished at his parents' home.
The NHL playoffs are underway and little of the chatter is about the high quality of play and the inherent gracefulness of the sport. Instead, it's the blind eye the league is turning to a situation that could create more Jack Jablonskis.
Like this a couple of days ago:
And this last night:
As more players get carried off on stretchers, one parent of a young hockey player has penned an open letter to the NHL. Dave Banks, who writes the GeekDad column for Wired, says the sport is more hooliganism than hockey:
As the NHL season progressed, we'd occasionally see fights during games. As a kid, it's tough to understand why grown men are punching each other with such ferocity over a game that he loves so much. He was confused. I tried to explain it to him, but I honestly didn't have an answer that made a lot of sense. Excuses like "it's always been a part of the game" don't hold a lot of water when cross-examined with the naked innocence of a ten year old kid.
Still, we soldiered on. Our excitement grew as the season closed and the Stanley Cup playoffs neared. This past week, we've been glued to the television, jumping from game to game, night after night. Unfortunately, the violence that had been percolating during the regular season has boiled over during the first week of the playoffs.
He and I understand that the stakes are much higher during the playoffs; that the players' competition is ratcheted up another notch. But the violence and, more importantly, lack of seriousness about it from the league has been inexcusable.(3 Comments)
The Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication released a poll on attitudes about the weather today and most Americans -- based on the sample size of 1,000 of them -- apparently think that climate change has a role in most of the significant weather events of the last year.
At the same time, however, most say they haven't seen their local meteorologist talk about climate change, which doesn't come as a surprise, as I've written about before on NewsCut. Without conclusive science, most meteorologists seem to steer clear of a topic they're not particularly well trained to handle.
At the same time, however, 58-percent want to hear what the local forecaster has to say.
Overall, researchers say, people are basing a scientific conclusion on how they personally experience the weather. "That's what we think is starting to happen for people," Anthony Leiserowitz, director of the Yale project told LiveScience.com. "One natural disaster they might see as random; two, that's a coincidence; but three, and you're starting to see a pattern."2 Comments)