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Monday, October 20, 2008

Guess Who Controls The Palin TV Clicker?

Modern Western males are today wonderfully cooperative in the house, and certainly Todd Palin is nearly a paragon of this attitude. He plays at Mr. Mom with all the grace that only a genuinely macho man like he can muster.

My father is strikingly similar to him, though several years his senior. He has never "made" my mother do any of the usual wifely duties such as cooking, cleaning, or clearing up after him. He's egalitarian to a fault.

But I confess, he does insist on two points which have everything to do with male ego.

When the three of us were inside a car, he had to be the driver AND woe betide anyone who takes away the television remote control from him.

Interestingly, I see Todd Palin doesn't even have that hang-up. The Governatrix is firmly hanging on to the clicker as the Alaskan couple watch Senator McCain's last debate, in their New Hampshire hotel room.

He's not whipped though. She looks like she's even turning up the volume, and he's not at all pleased. You go Todd.

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  • I quibble at the term "Mr. Mom." In the movie from whence the term emerged, you had a befuddled, out-of-work man who took over the 'mom duties' so Teri Garr could return to the work force. It belittles fatherhood. He's the father and he's a dad. She's not Mrs. Dad. His maleness and fatherness allows her to be fully maternal, as you have pointed out with great feeling in other posts.

    I am so sick of men getting the short end of the stick when it comes to parenting [and it begins with them having absolutely no rights to even see their child be born, thanks to Roe v. Wade.]

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Mon Oct 20, 02:13:00 pm GMT-4  

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