We've got The Maternal is Political on our nightstand (and I'm actually making progress!). There's the Mothers Movement Online. We're urbanMamas, Activistas, all women at every turn. So where, oh where, are the dads? We asked our resident dad Eric Miller to weigh in. He says:
This is truly a remarkable time in history. Hillary smashed some glass political ceilings for women--not as many as some would have liked this year, but significant ones all the same. Barack continues to smash glass ceilings for African Americans and looks good to reach the clouds in November. At least many are hopeful.
Are stay-at-home dads breaking any ceilings? True, we're generally not disenfranchised, indeed we're generally in partnership with someone making enough money to support a family--not a small sum these days. And we're nothing close to a racial minority in terms of being held down politically. But maybe it's an opportune time to ride the tide of glass ceiling breaking for us stay-at-home dads.
What does this stay-at-home Dad worry about? Our education system is underfunded and in shambles, health care is brutally expensive and getting worse, our environment seems saturated with everything from phthalates and BPA to carbon dioxide and methane, food prices are going through the roof, and we're entering a recession.
Ok, ok, so these issues are not particular to stay-at-home Dads. However, my paternal sense of responsibility and desire to improve the world increased 1,000-fold since Liam was born. Are dads moved to become politically active more than previously? Are dads different from moms in terms of political activism? Are dads on-board the maternal political movement?