The Media Uses the Term ‘Mancession’ Now and Proudly Giggles
The U.S. Census Bureau found that fathers acting as primary caregivers to children under 15 now represent 32% of households – which is a 6% jump from 2002. For dads with preschool-aged kids, the census found that 1-in-5 are the primary caregiver.
Meanwhile, the media has started using the term “mancession” and everyone’s tickled pink about using it. Also, be on the lookout for “dadcession.” And finally, “fatherecession.” I just made up that last one, don’t look for it anywhere.
And though men have been hit harder than women in the economic recession between 2007 and 2011, according to Pew research, we can’t help but feel like if the stats go back further than the recession did – maybe the stay-at-home and work-from-home father revolution is because fathers want to spend time with their kids. Maybe husbands are more agreeable to their wives pursuing careers – a trend that came about during the feminist movement.
The media needs to stop painting fathers as home by chance – and start accepting that a lot of fathers are home by choice. Sure, there are some down-and-out dudes that would prefer to be at work, but the growing trend is that fathers are finding more ways to stay home, content with a strong female wage- or salary-earner supporting the family. If you check out the Bloomberg article sauced below, Ellen Galinsky, president and co-founder of the New York-based Families and Work Institute, feels the same way.
The Bloomberg article also touches on an interesting fact that a lot of families are now accepting: the cost of child care sometimes “cancels out” one parent’s lower-wage job in a dual-income household.
The NYC Dads Group also shows up in the Bloomberg article, so if you’re playing the “NYC Dads Group” drinking game, take a shot!