Yes, I can totally see how wanting to witness your son’s first moments of existence would be less important than a couple days of baseball. Implying that you would force your own wife under the knife is pretty creepy; I sincerely hope he was exaggerating here. Also – this is none of your damn business. “C-section before the season starts?” Boomer Esiason; former quarterback and some-time gynecologist. Ridiculous. More
Topic: paternity leave
Unpaid leave might protect some people from automatically losing their job, but it’s a relatively meaningless gift granted by the U.S. Family and Medical Leave Act. Aside from the obvious reasons why paid leave is better (bills? hello?), to incentivize men to take their leave and get more involved at home, the leave has to be worth something we can all measure — $$$$. This is where California gets it really right — just like Sweden before and Quebec after — and the early results are positive. More
Think about it, if it no longer becomes common that only the woman takes time off — if it is truly just as common that men will too — there’s no longer a reason to value a man’s career over a woman’s, who employers assume will spend some time out of the game. You know who else benefits from this? Anyone who wants more flexibility to pursue a semblance of a life outside of work. It’s a win-win-win. More
Prince William welcomed a brand new son a couple weeks ago which means that he is now back at his metaphoric desk. Although many American men don’t have that formal title to sport, their introduction to fatherhood, assuming that they can even take paternity leave, and then assuming that they’re not too plagued by sexist daddy stigma to take it, often follows a similar, rather limited timeline. If the royal parents didn’t have the resources to procure some of the best childcare providers and nannies in the world, I would probably feel sorry for them — the way I feel sorry for American families who have to deal with such pronounced bullshit like TWO WEEK paternity leaves. More
Unless you’ve been under a rock with no Wifi, you know that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has been hit with some scrutiny regarding her work from home policy – specifically from parents. But now, I don’t give two figs about all the work from home hoopla considering that Marissa has officially announced a baller maternity leave and paternity leave for Yahoo employees. Work from home what? More
I would happily welcome the dawn of the Daddy Wars. More
Earlier this week, we reported on Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly‘s awesome “I am woman, hear me roar” moment in which she humiliated radio host Mike Gallagher on national television. Gallagher had commented on Kelly having been on maternity leave for too long, and how it’s a “racket” that women get to stay home with their babies while men don’t. Oy!
Whatever your opinion of Kelly, you had to hand it to her for blasting Gallagher like that and standing up for a woman’s right to bond with her baby. “Maternity leave is a racket?” she asked him. “What a moronic thing to say! . . . What is it about getting pregnant and carrying a baby for nine months that doesn’t deserve a few months of recovery and bonding?” She also set him straight on paternity leave, explaining that men, too, have a right to take time off work to bond with his child. Gallagher sheepishly claimed to have been drinking that day.
Now it’s Kelly’s turn for embarrassment. On last night’s Daily Show, Jon Stewart recovered old footage of Kelly complaining about paternity leave. More