Moms have long employed their moral authority as a parent to advance the social good. Where are the fathers and grandfathers?
There’ll be time enough for backyard barbeques once fathers take the lead in establishing “Dads Demand Action to Raise Healthy Boys,” following in the footsteps—a decade late—after “Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense,” launched the day following the mass murders at Sandy Hook.
Think about what it could mean to transform Father’s Day from a commercial holiday to a call to action centered on raising boys. To date, fathers and mentors, uncles and coaches have rarely been organized as a group; we’re an untapped force for good that could also become a new voting bloc. Call us say, soccer dads.
Long before a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion revealed that by summer Roe v. Wade will likely be overturned, only pregnant people bore the burden of pregnancy—not just physically, but also financially. “Impregnators” have always had the choice to walk away. Sure, they could be on the hook for child support after birth—but what if they could be held responsible for their actions before, from the moment of conception, just as the pregnant person is?
That question led two Pennsylvania state representatives to begin drafting a law to hold impregnators accountable.
A new study suggests a new way to reduce men’s high suicide mortality: family care work. In other words, if men assume more direct care work responsibilities at home, it may very well save their lives.
Whether it was passing up on beers with his team to clean up Baby Yoda vomit, struggling to find “child care” for Baby Yoda before embarking on especially dangerous bounty hunts, or—well—the entire show’s plotline hinging on the Mandalorian’s natural desire to take care of “the child” and protect it, our hero unapologetically shows how badass it is to be a caregiver.
Fatherhood identity is in urgent need of a feminist revision. We need to understand and deconstruct toxic masculinity within the broader economic, professional and familial contexts.
Fifty minutes a day. That’s the amount of additional time men would need to contribute every day to caring for children and households to make a leap toward achieving gender equality in unpaid care, according to the third-ever State of the World’s Fathers report.
I hope this Father’s day that children across the country are celebrating dads who cook, do chores, help with homework and keep their households running—all while thriving at work. We can have healthy, happy communities and families. By demanding as much, we can change humanity.
Father’s Day is a perfect time for men to wake up, stand up and speak out on behalf of women’s reproductive health and rights.
“Being the daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz is a gift for which I am forever grateful.”