Fatherhood and Equality: Reconfiguring Masculinities

35 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2013

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Nancy E. Dowd

University of Florida Levin College of Law

Date Written: 2012


In this article Professor Dowd sets out the asymmetric pattern of men’s caretaking as compared to women’s caretaking, and raises the issue of why greater equality has not been achieved in care as women’s participation in the workforce has increased. She argues that not only is this linked to the lack of institutional and structural supports for parenthood, which leads to gendered outcomes in who does care, but in addition, and perhaps most importantly, the barrier to care is cultural, linked to masculinities norms. Dowd sets out the barriers to care linked to masculinities, and suggests a further analysis linked to vulnerability and its connection to caregiving. Changes in masculinities, therefore, are critical to changing the pattern of men’s caretaking, and she sets out ways that this might be accomplished.

Keywords: fathers, fatherhood, work and family, masculinities, gender, parenthood

Suggested Citation

Dowd, Nancy Elizabeth, Fatherhood and Equality: Reconfiguring Masculinities (2012). Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 45, No. 4, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2199556

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