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Sexist, essentialist, regressive. Ladies, do not lower yourselves.
on 7 August 2017
Patriarchal, or just sexist? I'd say its both - in whopping great dollops. DO NOT read this book if you think men & women are equal. DO NOT read this book if you think that parenting should be shared by both parents (Steve Biddulph does not). Steve Biddulph's book is full to the brim of 1950s sexist tropes about the stay-at-home mother and why it is entirely HER fault for going back to work that children are growing up damaged. Seriously. The ONLY place in this book that he even suggests for a moment that fathers have a role to play in parenting is a short 1-page bit saying that perhaps men could support the women a bit in their role as mothers. I'm not even kidding. This is the most regressing, biological-essentialist, damaging, backward and dog-whistle-basic book I have come across in this genre. It genuinely frightens me that it is so popular.
You know what to do, you don't need Steve "parenting guru" (his term) to tell you you're wrong. Lots of love, lots of attention, good food, stop looking at your bloody phone, try to limit nursery if you can, and SHARE THE CHILDCARE WITH YOUR PARTNER. And single mums - you're doing a great job. Keep it up.