I can’t say I’m a Soldier for the Cause, but I admit I’m becoming a little irritated by the number of people who infer that I’m just filling in for Mama. We all know the culture dictates that caregivers be female, while the daddies are out hunting and gathering and scratching our asses. Still, is it so odd to see a man at the playground giving his kid’s nose a wipedown?
It’s also widely assumed that men can’t hack it as hands-on parents. (The other day I overheard one mom lamenting her daughter’s outfit: “Her father dressed her this morning.”) As if to imply that it’s a miracle he didn’t diaper the girl’s head.
And by the way: I dressed my son this morning. The white cotton onesie was both physically flattering (by accentuating his fair complexion and broad shoulders) and of ideal weight for the summer weather. So any mom who thinks I can't take care of my kid is cordially invited to Bite Me.