I was a guest columnist for the May 2014 issue of the new Hendricks County Home magazine. This is the first few paragraphs of that column, along with a link to read the rest of it on Hendricks County Home's website.
A dad’s role in society is clearly defined: we provide and protect.
Dads are supposed to work all day and bring home the bacon while moms handle all of that child-raising nonsense. If there’s a spider, we’ll kill it. If there’s a threat to our family’s safety, we’ll shoot it. But other than that, don’t bother us with anything else, like parenting.
Children should be seen and not heard, and if they’re interrupting our manly relaxation routine of sipping an adult beverage in front of the TV after a long day at the salt mine, they shouldn’t be seen, either.
A concept that’s even more foreign to men than being an active dad is that of being a stay-at-home dad (SAHD). Stay-at-home moms are an accepted and valued segment of our society, but stay-at-home dads are “Mr. Moms” – less of a man than the rest of us.
SAHDs are those wimps who are so worthless that they can’t even get a job and support their own family, so they’re left behind to do women’s work. They’re not real men, and we condescendingly snort at them to make sure they understand their place on the testosterone totem pole.
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