Thursday, August 6, 2015

Media Calls New Fathers Sexists and Misogynists Due to a Biased Study.

The Independent recently used a bunch of biased, ideological, jargon in order to label new fathers sexist based on a new study from Australia's "Child and Family" blog. The blog reported that both men and women have more traditional views on gender roles at home when becoming new parents with men being more prone to believe women should be more home with the couple's children more often. 

 And the Telegraph flat out begs the question, "Does fatherhood turn men into misogynists?" Using the same study that the Independent used for their article.

The study does not say if men try to force or coerce their wives into submitting to a traditional gender role, only that they tend to adopt a more traditional view which can easily be explained due to biology of fatherhood which the author of the study clearly shows her bias against by stating that:
"As a sociologist, I am disinclined to support a biological explanation, because such sexist shifts do not occur in some, particularly non-western, societies, where care of young children is more equally shared, not just between men and women but across communities."
But when accounting for biological explanations of why men tend to be more "traditional", it is due to the fact that men tend to be biologically induced to become more protective of their offspring and be more of the providers, and women also become more nurturing, according to  Northwestern University:
' In "Fatherhood", Peter Gray and Kermyt Anderson synthesize findings from biological anthropology, psychology, and related fields to make the case that males play a key role in this unusual human strategy. 
They argue that males have been shaped by evolution to not only serve as resource providers—the long held assumption—but also to care for young. There is a rapidly growing body of evidence that human males bear cognitive, emotional, and physiologic signatures of evolutionary selection to provide such care, whereas most male mammals clearly have not. 
Gray and Anderson synthesize and review various literatures to make the case that fatherhood is a career with deep evolutionary roots in our species’ lineage. Some of the most fascinating evidence that human males have been shaped by evolution for their role as parents comes from studies of the physiologic, hormonal and emotional differences between fathers and non-fathers. 
For example, the hormone testosterone, which provides a boost of confidence and competitive mojo in social interactions (for men and women alike), is often decreased substantially in fathers. There is some evidence that fathers also have higher prolactin – the hormone that, in women, is produced during lactation and is known to stimulate nurturing behavior."

Additionally the study fails to inform us that men in Australia tend to work longer hours compared to women, the following information is from Adelaide Now:

So it makes sense (biologically speaking) why men (and women) would think that it would be essential to the family that one parent spend more time at home considering men are still held to traditional male roles in our western society and women do become more nurturing during child rearing years, and are also in need of recovery time.

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