Last year, when we inaugurated our Top 50 Dad Blogs list, we praised dad bloggers for “changing the way we think about fatherhood.” Indeed, a number of our favorite bloggers on this, our second Top 50 list, insist our thinking needs to be changed. They describe themselves as advocates for fathers, taking to their keyboards in order to counter dominant cultural stereotypes of dad-as-incompetent-buffoon. (You don’t believe them? Tune in to most any family sitcom on most any night of the week.) Others on the list aspire simply to entertain us with funny, relatable tales from the trenches. A few write to work through the shattering grief of losing a child or spouse.
This list features straight dads, gay dads, working dads, stay-at-home dads, geek dads, single dads, and more. In a culture where the dominant conversations around fatherhood center simply on whether dads can deign to change their kid's diaper, it's refreshing to see these guys take the public perception of parents into their own hands. We are again struck by the variety of their voices and experiences, which itself puts the lie to the notion of any one “typical dad.” A lot of our favorites from last year are back, while many worthy entrants are making their debuts. We hope you’ll enjoy laughing, crying, nodding, and discovering along with them as much as we have. As dads' online influence grows, this list will only become more and more difficult to curate — and that's a good problem to have. If you think we missed any of your favorite dad bloggers, nominate them here. – Barbara Spindel and the dad blog panel
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Out-Numbered is Jason Mayo, and Jason Mayo is outnumbered. He’s married and has two daughters, making his the only Y chromosome in the household (with the exception of the family’s dog and, possibly, their pet lizard). His blog came in at #15 on last year’s list, and his posts range from the heartfelt (talking to his daughter about her fear of death) to the hilarious:
Out-Numbered – “It is not my job to teach her how to wipe her ass.”
Wife – “Excuse me?”
Out-Numbered – “You heard me. I’m not doing it.”
Wife – “Why is it my job to teach her how to wipe her ass?”
Out-Numbered – “Because she’s a girl.”
Wife – “And?”
Out-Numbered – “And you’re a girl.”
Wife – “What the fuck is that supposed to mean?”
Out-Numbered – “It means anything that has to do with the vagina is your responsibility.”
Wife – “Jason, you know she doesn’t shit out of her vagina right?”
Out-Numbered – “Yes. I know she doesn’t shit out of her vagina.”
Outnumbered, outsmarted, but out-and-out one of our favorite bloggers around.