This week, transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg supported paid family leaves after Tucker Carlson of Fox News mocked him about taking off work to take care of his infant twins Penelope Rose, and Joseph August Buttigieg. He welcomed the children with Chasten. Carlson said the same thing on last week’s air, noting Buttigieg’s absence, before declaring that “Paternity Leave, they call, is trying to figure how to breastfeed.” We don’t know what happened.

CNN reported Sunday by Buttigieg that Tucker Carlson, Tucker Carlson and others were not to blame for their care of his premature twins. We do wonderful, joyful work. It is important work.

Public polling shows Carlson’s comment belies the truth about fatherhood and research shows it ignores the science of caregiver bonding.

Pew Research Center surveys show that fathers are more likely than women to take on parenting responsibilities and they are equally as likely to believe parenting is very important for their identity. Fathers can bond with their children from the beginning of life and be empowered to care for them through adulthood. According to data, 8% of the same-sex men are having children.

While the majority of people believe it is important for fathers and mothers to be able to access paid parental leave, the United States (OECD), the only nation that doesn’t offer this leave at a national level, and the same-sex couple faces additional obstacles to parental recognition, which can make accessing unpaid parental leave more difficult.

FathersThey are becoming the primary caregivers for their children more frequently

Jessica Mason is senior policy analyst for economic justice for the National Partnership for Women and Families. “(His) comment defies all of the research and even common sense, and to act like having active breast glands are the end and beginning of being a father,” Mason said. Men want to play a role as caregivers and fathers, and this is the reality. This is a… Parents find it outlandish and insensitive, suggesting that parental leave is an abnormal thing people need or don’t want.

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Although most Americans are in favor of paid leave for both mothers and fathers (though polling about public policy shows gender bias), the majority support it. Pew discovered that 82% Americans believe mothers should be paid for maternity leave and 69% say they support paternity pay. Supporters of paid parental leave say that mothers deserve more time off than their fathers.

“U.S. society devalues caregiving because we associate it with femininity – this thing that emanates naturally from mothers,” said Caitlyn Collins, a professor of sociology at Washington University in St Louis. Collins stated that it is impossible to attain gender parity without considering “caregiving as something men do too.”

The National Partnership found that only 13% of private-sector employees have an employer who offers paid paternity leave for all male employees. It’s common for companies to provide less leave for “secondary caregivers,” which the advocacy group argues is “too often code for ‘fathers’ – and for adoptive and foster parents, which particularly impacts same-sex couples.”

An analysis of Fortune 500 companies found one-third offer twice as much leave to mothers as to fathers.

Mason explained that Mason believes there is an imbalance between the lives of families and their ideals. Mason said, “It is that mixture of social stigmat and lack of support from policy.” 

Gendered attitudes about parenting also show up in polling on what’s best for kids in the long-term: Nearly half of Americans say in families with young kids, at least one parent should stay home, according to a 2018 report from Pew. Among those who think one parent should stay home or work only part-time, just 5% say it should be the dad. Pew found among those who believe one parent should stay at home, 49% identify as Republican and 39% identify as Democrat.

To be in touch with the realities of our times, paid leave must be gender-neutral

Experts say that it is attitudes such as Carlson’s that keep some men from obtaining the leave they deserve.

Research shows fathers may experience harassment, discrimination or mistreatment for taking leave for caregiving, which can make them less likely to take the leave available to them.  

All caregivers should have paid parental leave. This can help both the mother and father in a relationship. Mason says there’s no “mom” gene. However, when mothers return to work, it is hard to alter the dynamic.  

Research shows that bonding with your children is not only good for you, but also for their cognitive and emotional development. 

Families come in many shapes and sizes. Mason explained that the leave programs should be inclusive and non-sexist to make sense of this world. Mason stated that all children have the right to a healthy start and parents should receive the support and time they require.


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