August 15, 2009

Real househusbands are the subject of a new reality TV show...

... but they just don't dish out the drama like the real housewives.

7 comments:

Bissage said...

I will not mention that the problems with this new series could be easily fixed by introducing gay couples.

wv = apophasis.

Methadras said...

I'm sorry, but I just had an overwhelming sense of - BISSAGE!!!!!1!!!eleventy

Synova said...

Because they've got a group of house-husbands together they're missing one of the biggest difficulties for stay-at-home dads and that's isolation. They really aren't welcome at mom-and-tot play days and often enough still get the evil eye given potential child predators when they take their kids to the park.

(Homeschool dads have been doing this for a while now.)

Oligonicella said...

Got that right, Synova. When I was a single dad, I called Parents Without Partners to talk to others and get some communication going. Bitch on the answer line told me, and I quote "You're a man. You can't have any problems." and hung up. This was thirty years ago and things ain't changed yet. Kinda sounds like the drama queen housewife, eh?

wv convid: Blogging heads from prison.

peter hoh said...

Been there, done that.

Synova hit it on the head. When I got started in ti, the biggest downside to being an at home dad was the isolation.

I don't know if the newer generation of at home dads feels the same way, but I'm not going to look to TV for answers.

Kathy said...

My brother-in-law is an at-home dad, and he still faces the same isolation issues that you older dads mentioned. MOPS, the most popular preschool moms program in our neck of the woods, absolutely forbids men to participate. Other at-home dads are not very interested in playgroups either, so although the web should be helpful in facilitating networks like that, he's not been successful.

Jenny said...

Synova has got it right. My husband stays home with our children and he is almost completely isolated. The playgroup at church is for mothers. Our neighbor stays at home with her children and is heavily involved with another mother's group. The only time my husband and kids get invited is when the other husbands come along (which is about twice a year). He has looked around for parent groups that include fathers, but they just don't exist.