This evening I was watching television while eating dinner with my single mother, (a regular occurrence), when a Whirlpool commercial came on, here it is:
Although this commercial did not yell “single dad alert”, it brought to my attention how maybe there is an equality issue for the single fathers in the World who are raising children alone. Single fathers are unlikely to be recognized and also believed in that they too can raise a child single handedly. This week, we have discussed the different personality traits and communication styles of males and females. This topic, brought to my attention that maybe it is more difficult for a male to be naturally inclined to be a mother figure and a father figure. In this commercial it shows the struggles of not being a perfect dad, burning food, neglecting to show up to sports games to support the child, and other struggles. Being a single mom is a regularaly praised topic, praising mothers all over the nation for doing the best they can. However, single dads is something that is increasingly becoming more common and may deserve an equal amount of praise. According to the The Atlantic- The Rise of the Single Dad there are more than 2.6 million single father households in the United States. This article also discusses the unfairness of child custody cases always going to the mother because it is “best for the child”, never considering the father just because they may lack maternal instincts.
I found this commercial interesting to be brave enough to praise dads in general and also single dads; a rare sight. This is a gender difference in equality with men and women. What are your thoughts?
According to an article from Buzzfeed from April, a senator is trying to pass a bill that requires changing tables in men’s bathrooms. Before stumbling upon this article, I had heard about new father Ashton Kutcher bringing up the same topic and issue, but other than that it was actually something that I never really crossed my mind. When I was younger, my dad would take my sister or I into the men’s bathroom without hesitation when it was just him, because what else was he going to do? Send a four-year-old into a bathroom alone, no thank you.
It never really occurred to me that without those changing tables, men would have to resort to holding their children while changing them? My biggest question is why does there even need to be a bill for something like this? Shouldn’t it just be a requirement for all bathrooms, whether it is men’s or women’s?
When asked to stop and look around you for an example of gender, it actually had me thinking for awhile what a great example was. There is so much around us that could show a great example of gender. The one example that I came up with is something that I am actually using for another class as well in a presentation about gender and I know we all have seen it! When you ask anyone around you, “Who is the parent that stays home to take care of the house?” Most people would answer that with stating that the mother is the one that stays home. With the mother staying home she is the one that has to get the lunches together for the kids to take to school. Within the Gogurt commercial, you can see that the dad is the one that prepares the lunches in the family. The boy though communicates with the father using Post-It notes to remind him to put the gogurt in the lunch box. It is possible too that this family could be a single parent family but we are not 100% sure because we do not see the mother at all. Even if it is a single parent family it is something that shows the men are starting to step up in our society and taking the roles of the women too. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KyHo63_IyY[/youtube]
A common characteristic many men experience with masculine socialization is the idea that their value comes from their professional successes and ability to provide financially. This article is a great example that men’s choices are restricted in significant ways by norms that focus worthiness in such a narrow way. These norms have effects on the men’s physical and emotional health, along with their relationships.