This comment was from bobbt on the post “We’re Dads, We Don’t Need No Fancy Label“
The reason I feel the media can’t get a handle on this is because of the way Fathers, and Men in general, have been portrayed for some time now as bumbling, incompetent idiots, incapable of navigating through life without the assistance of our beautiful, all knowing and wise mates. I mean, how could you possibly conceive of leaving your children in the care of such a person? You have to go back to the late 1950′s or early 60′s to find ‘competent Fathers’ portrayed in the media (Robert Young, John Forsythe etc) The ironic part, Fathers back then in general weren’t expected to do half the ‘hands on’ parenting work they do today (cooking, laundry, diapers). Here’s a wild idea, let’s refer to stay-at-home-dads as Fathers (no, it’s not that he can’t find a job!) and refer to working moms as Mothers (and no, she doesn’t value her work more than her family!) Each one is doing what’s best for their family! Wow, what a concept!