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take our daughters to work day

Updated: Apr 27, 2018

Yes, that's what it is. Not "Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day" or "Take Your Child to Work Day". It's take our DAUGHTERS to work day and there's a reason it was invented by the Ms. Foundation in the '90s.

Boys didn't (and still don't) need to learn that there are work opportunities outside the home. Maybe what makes the most sense is the concept of having boys stay home with their dads (or anyone) and learning about childcare, cooking, doing laundry, etc. The teaching-moment is that being a stay-at-home dad is also an option for them. Feminism doesn't just benefit women. It gives everyone choices. Feminism is humanism.

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I have no idea why this baby is wearing a kabbalah bracelet.

Even trying to find a stock photo to use to illustrate "fatherhood" was horrifying. Based on my search, here's what it means to be a father: swinging kids by the arms, giving shoulder rides, sawing wood (only with boys, of course), more arm swinging, watching mom and daughters cook, fishing (again, only with the dudes), and still more arm swinging. All fun, all the time. Yep... Keep Your Sons Home Day sounds like a really great idea.

The most ironic part about the watering down of this day is that it's being done by the same people who rail against "political correctness". (Also probably the same people who think there's such a thing as "reverse racism").

Whatever the motive, it really pisses me off. Once they changed it at my job, I stopped participating and sent an ornery email about why...every single year. I'm sure they loved me.

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