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Laura Perrins: Fathers can bring home the bacon and be a good role model


Oh Dear, ‘Fathers should cook bacon not bring it home’, the headline screamed.

Another dodgy survey from Netmums tells us “The role of the male breadwinner has been relegated to the eighth most important job for a father, according to a survey. Being a positive role model for their children and giving moral guidance were the most important jobs for a male parent, the study found.”

Because you see there is no way that a father can be a breadwinner AND give moral guidance as well as be a positive role model. No Sir.

Dear sweet Lord God above what is wrong with these people? These jobs are not mutually exclusive! Don’t they know one can be a provider as well as a good role model?

In fact, you are a role model to your children if you are a breadwinner. But just so we are clear I am not saying this is the only way one can be a good role model. People love to make inferences where none exist.

Anne-Marie O’Leary, Editor of Netmums, said that modern mothers wanted their spouses to “man down, not man up”.

“The dad revolution is a real chance for men to ditch the pressure to be macho, enjoy their children more and get closer to their families” she said.

Thanks for that Anne-Marie. Where would we be without you?

In the name of fairness and accuracy we have decided to do a survey of our own.


1. The most important job for a father should be:

a) Protect and provide for your family.

b) Choose some potpourri to match the Laura Ashley wallpaper and arrange around the house.

c) Fathers are not necessary for families.

2. Men should:

a) Man up

b) Man down

c) Disappear down a manhole

3. Parenting forums such as NetMums and the other unmentionable are:

a) Ultra liberal echo chambers that reinforce one’s own misguided liberal beliefs

b) Very useful forums where one can indulge in some much needed middle-class navel gazing

c) I don’t have time for parenting forums as I am too busy reading the Guardian

4. Do you believe surveys are?

a) Always biased pieces of ‘research advocacy’ best ignored (except those by The Conservative Woman)

b) Thoroughly weighted, accurate double blind tests to reflect accurately the social attitudes of the country and should always be relied upon

c) Surveys? They should come with trigger warnings so unfavorable results do not invade my safe space

5. DIY and jobs around the house are:

a) Best done by my husband who knows his wrench hammer from the drill thingy

b) A form of oppressive gender segregated activities designed to reinforce outmoded gender stereotypes

c) I don’t have a house. I live in a wigwam

6. The emasculation and feminisation of men:

a) Will be marked by future historians as the beginning of the end of Western civilization

b) One of the greatest successes of the late 20th century

c) Is not yet complete

7. The idea that men historically have not been involved in their children’s upbringing and were instead cold and removed is:

a) A feminist myth.

b) Totally true

c) Historically? This is still the case


How did you do?

Mostly a’s? Welcome frequent reader.

Mostly b’s? How did you stumble on to this survey?

Mostly c’s? Go away Harriet Harman.


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