So there’s this movie that ended up defining a generation of dads, called Mr. Mom. It glorified the buffoon father – one who was so entrenched in work that if he were required to spend any time at home with his own children, he’d end up covered in baby feces and lighting dinner on fire.
Begrudgingly, fathers yes deared through the image of the buffoon father for some years, then fought it. And all that happened in a really short timeframe. Now, evidently, the Mr. Mom image is dead. Just like that. Just. Like. That.
Sadly, though, it’s not as easy as saying that the image is dead – not even if The Wall Street Journal says it – which they sure did. And not even if The Huffington Post does a eulogy for it, which they did.
Thursday, Huffington Post’s Lisa Belkin discussed trends in parenting that will show up (again) in 2013.
And naturally, Lisa Belkin did the Lisa Belkin thing and talked a whole lot about moms, and then begrudgingly admitted that dads will indeed still exist in 2013, but only because she predicted it in prior years.
The Good Men Project’s Tom Matlack thought that Belkin’s list looked awfully dad-sparse, and exchanged some tweets with Belkin. Soon enough, the two were e-mailing back and forth on the topic. A love connection was made. Matlack even asked if Belkin would write a list for GMP about dads. Belkin declined. Ooh, burn.
A couple of our readers tipped us off to a recent advertising gaffe that had one baby bottle company in a blowback from both dad bloggers and the breastfeeding folk.
“Your breast don’t have air-vents, why should baby bottles,” asks Bittylab’s website for their BARE bottle. The vent-free bottles are meant to imitate a breast and reduce gas intake by the baby. Sounds great, right? It very well could be, but the product became second-fiddle to the message behind it when Bittylab took to Twitter and started advertising.
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 …