I’m keeping this brief, Pop, because I know that’s what you wanted. And I’m honoring your wishes even though I’d like to create a more worthy ‘song and dance’.
It’s been a big week, even for this family.
Media headlines arising from the recent study by the Australian Institute of Family Studies into stay-at-home-Dads include ‘Working Mums Putting Stay-At-Home-Dads To Shame’, ‘Stay-At-Home-Dads Do Less Housework, Childcare’ and ‘Housework Study Highlights Mr Mum Fails’. Even the AIFS’s media release itself has the dreaded ‘Mr Mum’ in its title (Australian Dads Not All ‘Mr Mums’).
Yesterday at an Australian screening of the documentary, The Red Pill, there was yet another protest to shut it down. The Red Pill has now been cancelled in most cinemas around Australia on the back of protesting and signature-gathering from a small group of feminists who have clearly not seen the film themselves. The media attention on the protests – highlighting unsubstantiated claims that the film is misogynist, anti-women and dismissive of rape – has damaged the reputation of the film and has turned thousands away from learning about real issues that affect men and boys.
I really wasn't going for this reaction. I promise.