Personally, I’m less interested in fairness than in the opportunity to creating stronger family bonds. I believe deep down that the lack of these bonds are the core of the violence & and other disturbing moral trends we see in our culture1.
Josh Levs is suing his employer for a fair amount of paternity leave. From the New York Times “Standing Up for the Rights of New Fathers”:
…the United States has one of the least civilized policies in the world when it comes to offering paid leave for new mothers. So, it’s no surprise that fathers are often treated as an afterthought.
It’s really too bad this has to be an issue of discrimination and not of family values. Then again, sometimes you just “get it done” and worry positioning later. Like the way Bloomberg got cigarettes banned from bars. It wasn’t about people’s health, but rather worker safety. I believe calling it what it is provides some amount of purging & healing that doesn’t happen with a work-around.
If you have any interest in this sort of thing, read Josh’s story in his own words.
- I love our culture, it’s wonderful and truly creates a land of opportunity. I don’t think our culture is in decline. I do believe that it is rotting and needs some fixing. [↩]