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The Careerist: Do Men Really Want Paternity Leave?

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Men overwhelmingly support paternity leave. Sort of.

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  • Party King Wes

    I wrote the below comment, but I also want to point out: I don‘t anyone that works for a salary or wage, attorney or not, that makes enough money that they can take a month off unpaid and not suffer significantly. Meanwhile, you look at the list of advanced nations that offer paid paternity leave - and almost all of them do. Hell, countries like Chad, Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka offer some type of paid paternity leave as a matter of law.

    Meanwhile, in the United States, women don‘t enjoy mandatory paid maternity leave - something unheard of in most of the world.

    The question shouldn‘t be "do men want paternity leave"

    The question should be "why are American men and women who want paid paternity or maternity leave no afforded that right as a matter of law?"

    The answer may be that the American careerists have lost track of their humanity.

  • Party King Wes

    "I know what you‘re going to say: Fathers don‘t want to take unpaid leave because they‘re worried about family finances—all that head-of-the-family/provider stuff. That‘s undoubtedly part of the equation, except that the men in the survey aren‘t ordinary working stiffs but professionals who, presumably, could afford to take some unpaid leave."

    What world do you live in? I‘m an attorney that couldn‘t afford my mortgage if I took unpaid leave. I have savings for an emergency. Sweden provides new fathers with 13 paid weeks - and guess what: they take it. The UK provides new fathers with two weeks paid leave - and guess what: they take it. Only the weirdest work addicts would rather be at the office than bonding with their new baby. Money is the issue.

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