In 1993, the Family Medical Leave Act was passed, primarily to allow mothers to take time off from work to have children without losing their jobs. But the wording of the act also allowed a rather revolutionary idea: fathers could take time off for the birth of their children as well. At the time, some fathers were already allowed this opportunity but is wasn’t exactly encouraged.
Since this act’s passage, many fathers have taken advantage of provisions not only to be there for the birth of their children, but also to spend a least a couple days caring for mom as well, should they be so disposed. All these things are positive changes for the good of families, encouraging men to take more active roles in their children’s lives from day one.
Some people don’t agree with this mindset, however. Some men still see the man’s role to hold a job, make as much money as possible. Basically, a material provider while mom handles all the emotional squishy stuff.
In the middle of this debate is New York Mets star, Daniel Murphy. This man missed a the first couple games of the season, completely within Major League Baseball’s labor agreement, to be there for the birth of his child and see to his wife’s welfare. Pro sports commentators railed against this. Former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason even went so far as to say, “Quite frankly I would’ve said ‘C-section before the season starts.” Never mind the very misogyny of telling your spouse what to do as opposed to deciding as a family, C-sections are not something you should do for convenience. Continue reading