Call for Submissions: Dads, we want to interview you!
The face of fatherhood has changed and is changing. The face and voice and action and expectation of fatherhood is very different than it was twenty, thirty and certainly fifty years ago. So many men are participating in parenthood in ways their own fathers never did; from small things — like getting kids dressed for school every day — to big things, like assuming the role of primary, stay-at-home caregiver.
Allowing that these changes happen unevenly across the country it’s still safe to say that in contemporary American families two things are now true:
- Earning the income necessary to support a family is no longer assumed to be the sole responsibility of men.
- Staying home to take care of the kids is no longer assumed to be the sole responsibility of women.
Most families fall somewhere in the middle—both parents work, both take care of their kids. Each family chooses what works best for them. Today, the title “head of household” is more likely to rotate based on need and ability, rather than gender. Women now comprise 46% of the American workforce. And according to the 2011 US Census report on Childcare Arrangements, 32% of fathers are the primary caregivers for children younger than fifteen. (This statistic is fully explained by our good friends at the At-Home Dad Network.)
We’re looking for a few good Dads!
There is no better place to witness the changing roles of men and women in the larger culture than through the lens of parenthood. But rather than speculate on what and how contemporary fathers do what they do, we’d like to bring you portraits of the dads themselves.
THIS MEANS YOU! We’d like to get a snapshot of your life as a father by asking the question Gloria Steinem famously said was never asked of a man: how do you do it? How are you combining life plus parenthood?
IF you’d like to be interviewed for this feature, please send an email to:
and write “Portraits of Fatherhood” in the subject line.
We’ll ask a few questions about yourself and your life as a father and publish a new story every week here, on the Good Men Project, as part of our “Portraits of Fatherhood” feature.