Gerry Canavan

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Gender and the Dual Career Academic Couple. I can’t help thinking of this line from “The Case Against Breastfeeding,” which I had occasion to read the other day:

 In my set, no husband tells his wife that it is her womanly duty to stay home and nurse the child. Instead, both parents together weigh the evidence and then make a rational, informed decision that she should do so.

There’s also this story I linked a while ago, about a study showing that academic dads are abusing paternity leave to advance their careers:

The writers, Steven Rhoads of the University of Virginia and his son, Christopher Rhoads, of the University of Connecticut, studied a sample of 181 married, heterosexual, tenure-track professors all of whom had children under two and taught at schools with parental-leave policies. While 69 percent of the women in the sample took post-birth parental leave, only 12 percent of the men took advantage of the available leave—even though it was paid. They also learned that the male professors who did so performed significantly less child care relative to their spouses. Worse yet, they report that male tenure-track professors may be abusing paternity leave by using the time to complete research or publish papers, an activity that enhances their careers while putting their female colleagues at a disadvantage. One female participant quoted in the study put it this way: “If women and men are both granted parental leaves and women recover/nurse/do primary care and men do some care and finish articles, there’s a problem.”

We’re still a long way from equity.

Written by gerrycanavan

August 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

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  1. […] A new study from sociologists at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and the University of Maryland at College Park challenges the idea that men in academe can abuse gender-neutral parental leave policies to focus on research rather than parenting — or teaching. Previously, previously. […]

    Dr. Dads « Gerry Canavan

    January 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm


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