This week, we are discussing two articles from a series of opinion pieces that recently appeared in the New York Times. The series focuses on "Fathers' Rights and Women's Equality." The fact that such a topic would be so thoroughly covered in the NYT demonstrates how much attention the issue of fathers' rights is now receiving.
One of our posts last week focused on the fact that the fathers' rights movement is gaining a lot of attention nationwide. As a sign of just how much attention is being paid to the issue, the New York Times recently featured a series of differing opinion pieces on the topic of "Fathers' Rights and Women's Equality."
Whenever we assert the rights of a given group, it is important to remember that we are speaking in a kind of shorthand. For instance, "fathers' rights" is a shorter way of saying equal rights for fathers. Proud dads are not looking for special treatment, just fair and equal treatment in matters of child custody.
What's the difference between a "single father" and a "divorced dad?" This sounds like the setup to a joke, but it's not. Many of us would use those terms interchangeably, but there is a difference, according to some. And that distinction may reflect a larger problem with the way that society views the custody rights of men.