First, from The Mary Sue: A single dad learns about comic books for his superhero-fan four-year-old daughter.
i stood back, trying to learn all that i could my heart melted when she looked at me with those thankful eyes she has when she’s really, really happy and asked me to read to her. we sat in that store for 35 mins, each page i turned led to more questions, which led me to say over and over again, “i don’t know, maddy” which led the woman behind the counter to smile in our direction.
i left maddy alone to read while i paid for the books she chose, and thanked the woman behind the counter for helping me out. so now i’m trying learn as much as i can about comic books and superheroes so i can be a better father.
You, sir, are the best at being a dad. I basically spent this entire article squealing in glee, since it combines my love of tiny nerds and of parents of all genders who really, genuinely love their children. So I felt like it was necessary to share with the NSWATMites in the hopes it would brighten your day as much as it brightened mine.
Our next fatherhood news is more rage-inducing. Huggies, the diaper company, has released a new commercial in which they put their diapers to the ultimate test: dads alone with their children.
The video is shot very much in a “awwww, look at dads with their babies” way rather than a “heeee, dads don’t know anything about diapering” way, so it is possible that they didn’t think through the implications. In a way, though, that makes the commercial worse. Huggies didn’t deliberately play into misandric notions of men’s incompetence at parenting for comedic value; they just… didn’t think about it.
Because of course women are naturally skilled at all The Diaper Arts.
Because of course men aren’t.
Because women are the primary parents, and men are glorified babysitters.
And even in things that are supposed to glorify fatherhood… we get the same shit.
Contact Huggies to let them know exactly how we feel about saying men don’t make good parents.