Interesting take on how the fathers are trapped in their roles. They face “social disapproval” when stepping outside of the breadwinner/homemaker model and choose to be more involved in the family’s life. They may face pressure, but it’s beneficial for them to also be a part of their child’s life- It’s a shame how much society is structured on the breadwinner/homemaker model- either both parents work, or the mother stays home and the father goes to work. This stigmatization of fathers not being able to take care of their children needs to stop; because it’s not only hurtful to the child, but to the parent. Again, we need to change our conception of the “typical family” and accept all types of families without judgement, because judging is just doing more harm than good.
In the wake of the Sheryl Sandberg’s provocative book Lean In, urging women to speak up against workplace inequality, the social consciousness of women’s inequality is rising in general. Amid debate over Sandberg’s standing on the subject and other matters of social unrest, an unlikely subject caught my eye for this week’s post. Last week it was brought to my attention that men have little to no leg to stand on when it comes to child rearing in our society’s eyes. When it comes to being an involved father, life doesn’t seem to throw any kind of bone.
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