Friday, July 08, 2005

Rick's book

What I'm thinking about today: Rick Santorum's new book and the it takes a family, not a village claim. Partisan politics aside, what do we make of all this, and isn't it interesting that he's able to say that if one parent should be at home, it could be a dad too. Yes, i can't stand him, and will work against his reelection in our fair state, but now that the media's picked up this next missive in the parenting ways--can we call them the daddy wars now that Rick's involved?--public opinion on all these topics will again be stirred. And as politically progressive people who want to claim family life as ours, why give it over to a piece in a right wing play for more power?

4 comments:

Becky said...

Can we call them Daddy Wars? Umm, I doubt it. If you read carefully (or not so carefully) between the lines (as I'm doing right now), he seems to be talking to MOTHERS, even though he likes to say he knows "a lot of dads who stay home with the kids." (A lot? How many would that be? Two? Three?) I'm not done reading, so I can't give a complete review yet. Do you plan to read the book?

Fred Vincy said...

I haven't read the book, but it sounds like Santorum is doing nothing other than giving some lip service to fathers staying home to innoculate himself against the obvious charges of sexism.

Rebel Dad said...

Loved American University law prof Joan Williams' reaction to Santorum's I-have-a-lot-of-friends-where-the-dad-stays-at-home line: "Who is he kidding?"

It would probably be fun, actually, to see a small Daddy War break out, complete with magazine covers pitting the power-suit-wearing men with the t-shirt-and-shorts crowd. The basic debate would be just as vapid as the mommy wars stories, but the gender swap would be a nice jolt, dontcha think?

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