Does Changing Diapers Make You Manly?

Dude with diaper bagNewsweek explores the future of manhood in a lengthy feature this week. Is toting a diaper bag the new key to dudedom?

I sure hope so. Reading this article, there’s a compelling case for men taking on more of what has traditionally been “women’s work”, both at home and on the job. Blue-collar jobs traditionally done by men are disappearing, dual-income families are the norm, and if men don’t step up, everyone suffers.

On the other hand, if modern men can step up and redefine their gender the way women did in the 1970s, everyone wins.

As the Newsweek authors sum up their case:

If men embraced parental leave, women would be spared the stigma of the “mommy track”—and the professional penalties (like lower pay) that come along with it. If men were involved fathers, more kids might stay in school, steer clear of crime, and avoid poverty as adults. And if the country achieved gender parity in the workplace—an optimal balance of fully employed men and women—the gross domestic product would grow by as much as 9 percent, according to a recent study by the World Economic Forum.

There’s a huge win there for men, too. They get to do more of the awesome stuff us ladies take for granted: having close relationships with their kids, expressing their feelings, knowing where all the dishes go in the kitchen.

What do you think? Will diaper bags replace sports cars as the symbol of dude power in future generations?

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