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Atlantic’s “Why I Put My Wife’s Career First” is actually about how men are superior to women

September 16, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Author Moravcsik: Dads better at raising boys

Slaughter apparently became so famous by reason of her article, which argued for mandatory paid parental leave and the rest of the liberal yada yada about “work-life balance”), that Moravcsik decided to step in and become the primary caregiver–or as he calls it, “lead parent”–for the boys. His article, like his wife’s, contains the usual “family-friendly workplace” yada yada: “Workplace rules and expectations must change, or else lead fathers will pay an unacceptable professional penalty.”

But it also contains these mini-themes that ought to make the usual liberals uneasy:

Fathers are better than mothers at raising sons.

“In my experience, dads tend to take a practical, project-oriented, and disciplined yet fun-loving approach to parenting—an approach that is in many cases precisely what is called for, particularly with boys.”

Men don’t whine all the time about “work-life balance”–they just balance work and life.

“Over the past decade, the quantity and quality of my research has suffered, yet I remain a productive political scientist at a top university.”

Men are more serious about their jobs than women.

“At school events, the moms gossip with each other and make plans; I get out my laptop and try to catch up on work.”

And, best of all:

It’s women, not men, who think it’s unmanly for a father to take care of the kids while his wife climbs the career ladder.

“A dad in his 20s or 30s who takes some time off to care for an infant is adorable. (Think of those Samsung commercials with Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell.) But a dad in his 40s or 50s who limits his work schedule or professional ambition to attend to a teenager is suspect—not least to some women, ironically. When Anne-Marie was interviewed by Katie Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival about how work and family are balanced in our household, a woman in the audience asked me—without apparent irony—to stand up so she could make sure ‘he really still is an alpha male.’”

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Lastango permalink

    Good piece. IMO, the overarching fact is that he’s a university professor. Advocating these positions is a career enhancer.

    …and $20 sez this The Atlantic piece is a setup for an upcoming book. That he works at a prestigious school will add leverage.

    There’s another $20 on the probability this was in his contemplation from the get-go. (Let’s never forget the example of John Kerry, who brought a movie camera to Viet Nam so he could be filmed.)

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