This article contains very helpful information about stay-at-home Dads, changing roles of fathers with childcare, and how little of this has caught up with their portrayals in popular culture. Great examples and links to relevant publications throughout!
Kenya, the Philippines, Columbia, Saudia Arabia… not necessarily countries you might associate with “progressive” views of gender. Yet all these country’s governments provide paid paternity leave.
Looking for proof of the effects of the gendered norms we’ve discussed about masculinity? How about evidence showing that even when it means more money, freedom, and time with family, many men feel guilt and depression when they earn less than female partners?
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.
Interesting editorial from CNN written by his father noting the way his daughter is rewarded for accomplishments at school (“best dressed”) and influence of popular culture (Justin Bieber nightgowns) on ideas of femininity.
Click here to read about daughters who are part of the Christian Patriarchy movement discussed in the chapter 2 online lecture.
Here is a news story about a transgendered first-grader and how her parents are suing her school to ensure she is treated fairly.
Here is the article I referenced in the audio lecture Nicole Dales wrote in 2012 for The Rotunda about her decision to not have children
This is an example of a “childfree by choice” blog.
Interesting article disputing claims of biological theories to demonstrate how cultural norms influence father’s experiences of parenting and affects their health.
Click here for an interview with Jessica Valenti, author of The Purity Myth, which discusses (among other things) traditions of fathers and daughters taking part in a “virginity movement,” which focuses on daughters pledging themselves to their fathers to stay “pure” by not engaging in sexual encounters until marriage. This movement could be discussed as part of issues related to parenting practices and what gendered norms of femininity are produced through these practices.