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The SAHD (stay-at-home dad) counterpart - MAWDAHS
RebelDad makes an impassioned argument for elevating the way we describe stay at home dads who look after kids:
So yesterday I was given another reminder that one of these days I should really start a blogroll for MAWDAHs... moms who go to work and are married to stay at home dads. Asha over at ParentHacks.com flagged this post by Mom 101 about her husband. It is a wonderful denunciation of the strange and irritating trend toward referring to male caregivers by female terms ("The Mommy," "Mr. Mom," etc.)
I was asked recently what the problem with Mr. Mom is, and Mom 101 nails a good chunk of it. Here's my take on why it's a problem:
- It is unfair to women to "mom"ify the job. Calling a guy "Mr. Mom," implies mom ∗should∗ be the one behind the stroller. That ought to be pretty offensive nowadays.
- It emphasizes the novelty of at-home fatherhood . A dad at the playground shouldn't be treated with any more surprise that a female surgeon in the operating room. Why should "Hey - that kid's caretaker is a ∗man∗!" be any less offensive than "Hey - that doctor/lawyer/exec is a ∗woman∗!"?
- It glosses over the different skills that mothers and fathers bring to the table. Kyle Pruett at Yale has made a career of noting that men and women generally parent differently, and that kids are best served by both styles of play. Suggesting that a...
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