Despite progress, a gender difference in parenting remains: men and women are judged, treated, and viewed differently as parents.
One of the first things you notice when entering a heated conversation between MRAs (including some fathers’ rights groups) and feminist scholars is that the two sides cannot seem to see eye to eye on anything.
A perfect example of such competing worlds is found in the exchange between Amanda Marcotte (a feminist contributor in the debate) and Dan Moore (also known as “Factory,” of the MRAs). For Marcotte, the MRAs are “wrong about pretty much everything”; more to the point: “They’re so wrong about everything, they’re wrong even when they’re right.”
For the MRAs on the other hand, Dan Moore offers, “Why Do MRAs Hate Feminists So Much? In a nutshell, because nearly everything they say is a lie.”
So both sides are lying. And both sides are wrong.
Who is to be believed?
My view is that it depends on which epistemic community one joins on any given issue; although there are significant internal differences within each group, fathers’ rights activists and feminists can act as different epistemic communities on strongly contested issues.
Check out Andrea’s full post here.
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