The video and audio have been everywhere, a shockwave that everyone, to some degree or another, has felt. The political fallout has been extraordinary, but we choose to focus on what this tape means to parents. If your young child (like this 6-year-old) has heard about comments, then you likely have to view this as the next in a long line of Things We Have To Explain To Our Kids, but with two very important differences. Now we’re talking about what consent is, and how men behave.
— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) October 10, 2016
We dads believe that our sons need to know that men do not, at times, “talk like that,” and that our daughters need to learn proper male behavior from the examples we set. We believe a person’s claim on decency is not contingent upon the number of female relatives you have. Regardless of relationship or politics, we believe it’s important to call out the objectification and dehumanization of another person, wherever you see it. Because no matter how difficult or awkward it might be to explain to your kid what a “pussy” is, it’s far more important to explain why it should never be “grabbed.”
Don’t even get us started on Billy Bush.
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— Dad 2.0 Summit (@dad2summit) October 13, 2016
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- Darrell Milton is a Modern Father Online, and his take on “Locker Room Banter” is filled with tips and 80s references.
- In a time rife with negative stereotypes, making fun of bumbling dads may not seem like a big deal, but Buzz Bishop writes at Dadcamp that it very much is.
- Developing Dad’s Joe Medler believes that “A Promise to Love is a Promise to Work,” and the importance of keeping them.
- Faith, prayer and the importance of attendance are important to Larry Bernstein of Me, Myself and Kids.
- Papa Does Preach when that papa is Mike Cruse, and this week he is suggesting to men that “We Need to Stop Saying “Not All Men.””
We aren’t in full Halloween mode yet, but this baby is as ready as one could ever be. Hands off the candy, Daddy!
Top photo is screen capture of original tape obtained by The Washington Post.