First things first, I need you to promise me a couple of things: 1) that you won’t tell anyone that I read Jezebel, and 2) that you won’t tell Jezebel that I read Jezebel.
So I was reading Jezebel, and recently, blogger Tracy Moore put up an article (linked below) called “You’re So Not Almost Ready for a Baby, Even If You Think You Are”. Moore’s got a good list of reasons why your girlfriend, fiancé, wife, and/or best friend is probably not ready for that baby they’ve been looking to squirt out. And here at 8BitDad, we’d love to tell you not-yet-father-dudes that you’re – deep breath – ready to take the plunge. And by that, I mean a plunge with your totally unprotected penis into a totally unprotected vagina.
The truth is: you might not be ready. And that’s okay! Moore says your gal might not be ready too! Let’s do some real-talk right now ’bout it.
PTA dads, you can, however, win just by helping schools. I won’t try to pass some contrived line like “in the end, it’s the children that are important,” because – no kidding. But I’m having a hard time running scenarios where PTA dads get to look like normal, involved parents using their talents or training for the good of a school.
I was reading feminist supersite Jezebel, as I usually do past midnight on a day early in the week, and saw an article about fathers joining the PTA. I read the piece, and of course, wanted to cry foul on grounds of the author, Doug Barry’s obvious man-hating. Then, I read the article that Barry was referencing, an NYT article by Kyle Spencer about those PTA dads. I began disliking the dads, just like Barry. What I was left with was the impression that fathers in the PTA have a lot of perception issues they’re up against.
Lisa Wade, Ph.D. at Occidental College (westsiiiiiiiide!) just went there, over at The Society Pages: A celebration of “Jay-Z’s Newfound Feminist Fatherhood” as evinced by his nixing of the word “bitch” in his future works.
The big, ugly dickvein of it all is, of course, that Jay-Z never actually said that he’d stop saying “bitch.” In fact, according to VIBE, he once called his then-pregnant wife Beyoncé Knowles a “hot bitch.”
So, there’s that. But wait, it gets better. We haven’t even talked about the Sociologists and Feminists yet.
These days, we all wonder what our digital legacy will be. More specifically, what exactly will our kids find out about us when they run our name through a search engine years from now? For most people, their children will find a handful of mostly-mundane Instagram pics, some dodgy Facebook statuses, inflammatory tweets, and maybe some prior job information.
But what if you’re a writer speaking about the tumultuous landscape of gender studies and feminism? That’s what Hugo Schwyzer wonders. And beyond finding his own site’s description of him: “an American author, speaker and professor of history and gender studies at Pasadena City College,” what will his daughter find?
Schwyzer’s had what the optimists would call “rich and diverse life experiences.” The cynics would say, on the other hand, that he’s “been in and out of the s**t.”