Sunday, June 21, 2009

A Father's Day video 

Dr. Helen's Father's Day interview of Dr. Richard Driscoll is well worth watching, especially for those of you who have a father, know a father, or, in particular, are married to a father. I do not agree with all of it -- the geopolitical consequences of the decline in the status of fathers strike me as a stretch -- but it is worth a few minutes of your time. You know, while you're (perhaps resentfully) folding his laundry.

If you've watched the interview, I would respectfully suggest that Drs. Smith and Driscoll do not mention one of the big sources of female rage, the continuing preponderance in the workplace of men, male values (such as they are) and male behavioral impulses. That anger needs to come out, and the male partner is the most probable recipient. Inside more than a few marriages, therefore, husbands and therefore fathers take some of the blame for the suppressed frustrations of the day job, perhaps just because they are also men. That transference is as sexist, or more so, than the underlying outrage, but there is no corporate compliance program to deal with it.

CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.


By Blogger Elise, at Sun Jun 21, 10:13:00 PM:

First, Happy Father's Day, TigerHawk.

I don't agree with any of the video but explaining why is going to take a post of my own.

I am more intrigued by your statement that "the continuing preponderance in the workplace of men, male values (such as they are) and male behavioral impulses" is one of the big sources of female rage. I was wondering if you'd expand on that. It seems an odd concept to me but then I liked the jobs I had.

And for the record, any woman who resentfully folds a man's laundry is an idiot. Either do it willingly or let him do it himself. Nobody gets extra points for being a martyr to clean socks.  

By Anonymous Squealer, at Sun Jun 21, 10:45:00 PM:

Had a couple glasses tonight but agreed with much of it, though I would tactfully suggest it not be made available to liberal friends, for whom much of it will go over like a Led Zeppelin. I got the feeling Dr. Driscoll was not entirely there, as if there were a few too many meds floating around in his system.  

By Blogger Assistant Village Idiot, at Mon Jun 22, 01:14:00 AM:

Much female rage in the workplace stems from schools being designed for them. They learn the appropriate work rules and social rules for success at school, and then the rug is pulled from them when they enter a workplace that plays by different rules.

Because boys are treated unfairly by schools, there is a greater split in its impact. More boys fail and drop out, but smarter boys of necessity learn there is more than one way to succeed and are better equipped for the workplace.  

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