In a two-part series in last week’s “Motherlode” blog, New York Times blogger Lisa Belkin interviews Jeremy Adam Smith, author of a new book titled The Daddy Shift. The two blog posts are titled “The Daddy Identity Crisis” and “More About the Daddy Shift.”
I highly recommend these posts to anyone who wants to learn more about the male perspective on parenting roles in the 21st-century United States. I was particularly intrigued to see the listing of the numerous blog sites that are popping up to present the Dad perspective.
Perhaps I’ve mellowed in my old age, but I detect a different tone to the perspectives of involved Dads who are just beginning their parenting roles now in 2009 (as compared to those of us who began our parenting roles in the early 1990s). Today’s Dads are a bit less defensive and a bit more confident. And that’s good.
Is this the same shift and evolution that we saw in the various waves of feminism–a shift from militantism to moderation?