Here’s another from our backlog of pre-Father’s Day stuff: Lisa Belkin refuses to let fathers have a celebratory week. The writer behind the New York Times‘ “Motherlode” blog, which we’ve been pissed about before, dropped a backhanded compliment to fathers just before our big day – we’re more “active”…but more absent.
C’monnnn. It was Father’s Day, dude!
The worst misnomer is in the title. Though Belkin talks for almost the entire article about how great fathers are (thank you!) and how many strides we’ve taken to be with our families, the closer is probably the more interesting nugget of the article. Somehow, I just know Belkin wanted to bury this one as far down as she could and then run fast and hard once she said it: African American fathers are twice as likely as white fathers to “live apart from their children.” Oh snap!
So, while the whole article really drives home that fathers are working hard to be with families – this little race-based nugget at the end jumps on what Belkin’s trying to get at.
The best part is the complete dismissal of the fact, as Belkin goes back to the happier points of the Pew Research she quoted the African American absence fact from. Belkin jumps back to “Other data points from Pew,” including “63 percent say being a dad is harder today than it was a generation ago.”
So, all-in-all, this was a positive-enough article that just didn’t delve into the more interesting bit that Belkin was dying to drop and run.