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Paternity leave will end in tears

16th September 2009

Writing in The Telegraph, James Delingpole argues that giving more paternity leave to new fathers will end in tears.

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Having taken care of my three-month-old on occasions, I can’t say I’m that enthusiastic about Gordon Brown’s plans to make a full six months’ paid paternity leave available to fathers from April 2011.

Not only is it bad for economic reasons and the strain it will put on businesses but it’s bad for sociological and temperamental reasons.

“If God had meant men to have paternity leave, He would have given us all wombs.”

He also didn’t give us any of the virtues necessary – competence, gentleness, endurance, to name but a few.

As fathers, we enjoy our jobs, however boring and often more than we enjoy looking after children.

It’s not that we don’t love our children but we prefer to see the job done by the acknowledged expert in this field, the mother.

Obviously, you’d never say any of that to your wife. This is one of the many great drawbacks of the feminist revolution: it has forced men and women into telling a great big lie about the way things really are.

Women pretend they like the office as much as men, while men pretend they can manage night feeds and nappy changes as much as women.

But we know it’s not true.

Parents know their daughters play with dollies and push prams from an early age, while they see their sons are not so good at nurturing and empathising.

Paternity leave? It’s against nature.

 

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