STAY AT HOME DAD 4
Stayat Home Dad
Inthe United States, masculinity is constructed in such a manner thatit is characterized with holding a working position. This can beevidenced by the professor asking Robert Frank what he did for aliving. When Frank replies that he is a stay-home-dad, the professorbecomes amazed by the reply indicating that she had never heard ofthe phrase before (Bennettnov, 2014). This is a depiction that menshould not stay at home, but should spend their lives working.Besides, masculinity is characterized by men spending lives togetherwithout carrying their babies. This is evidenced by the incidencewhere five men with their babies were having lunch became questionedby those who saw them (Bennettnov, 2014). These characteristicsdiscourage dads from staying at home full time raising children
Culturalchanges are necessary if more men are to be encouraged to become stayat home dads. One of the cultural changes entails men changing theirrole in the family. Most dads provide resources for the family, whichmake them go to work rather than staying at home. If more dads are tobe encouraged to become stay home dads, then the culture should allowmore women to become family providers a move that would imply thatwomen will be going to work, while men stay at home. Besides,companies have to adopt a culture of offering generous paternityleave in order to encourage more men to become stay at home dads(Bennettnov, 2014).
Menthat choose to be at home dads are often criticized for their choicesbecause the society is not used to the culture of men being stay athome dads. For instance, the society is used to men that goes out fora game or spends time operating his businesses rather than staying athome watching over their babies. In case the culture of the societywas used to men staying at home watching their babies, then men thatchoose to be stay at home dads would not be criticized for the choicethat they make.
Bennettnov,J. (2014). The Brotherhood of the Stay –at –Home Dad. TheNew York Times.