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  1. Matt says:

    “where parental leave policies are available on similar terms to both genders, only women avail themselves of longer absences because the culture of the workplace dictates that men take only a week or two after the birth of a child.”

    In Norway, as I understand it, fathers have a choice of taking a short, unpaid leave or else taking a longer paid leave. Most, unsurprisingly, take the longer paid leave. I can’t say I think such a plan is likely to come about very soon in the US but it seems both clever and reasonable to me.

  2. A.W. says:

    I think Caroline Kennedy is an atrocious example. Being a mother for a rich heiress is not the same job my mom had, and it sells short the work that many women do when juggling both, or for that matter what men do in a relationship.

    As for Matt’s idea, that is a formula for inefficiency. There are two real and reasonable reasons why men can and should take shorter leaves. first, the man has no need for a physical recovery from birth. Second, the man does not physically feed the child from excretions from his body.

    Bluntly europe has done a brilliant job of slowing its economy and as a rule of thumb, we should be reluctant to do anything their way. America is more likely to be here 100 years from now than Europe, see, e.g. Mark Steyn’s book, “America Alone.”

  3. KRS says:

    I’m puzzled by the post. Lisa Belkin says nothing that I noticed about legislation, or really anything concrete about an approach.

    Her article sounds great. The post sounds frightening.

    Also, I agree that Caroline Kennedy comes with too much additional baggage to serve as an example. It’s not as if she started off as a politician, took several years off, and then tried to return to politics. Rather, she’s never been a politician in her life, and her current play for the seat reeks of Kennedy entitlement.

    What’s galling to me is that many of the voices that are defending Caroline Kennedy are the same ones who mocked Sarah Palin’s experience as a mother and who apparently didn’t think that being the successful governor of a state was enough.

    Belkin should have stuck to the story she brought up at the beginning of the article and left the Kennedys out of it, unless the goal of her piece is to boost Kennedy’s campaign, in which case shame on her.

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