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Let's Hear It For Goofy Dads

It’s Father’s Day, so let this be the year we all finally recognize that dads and their goofy dad stuff—monster faces, silliness, mockery; perhaps even dad jokes, if the judges are feeling lenient—could be as essential to childrearing as any of that mom stuff. Or, at least, that a Platonic ideal of “mom” is not the… » 6/21/15 11:15am 6/21/15 11:15am

You Don't Have Daddy Issues But Your Piece of Shit Father Might

Until recently, I’d never been on the website AskMen.com, I suppose largely because I never had the occasion to ask a man anything. The site’s tagline touts that it is a place where men can become better men, though on my first visit I’m already suspicious that any of my questions will be answered or that I will… » 6/20/15 4:00pm 6/20/15 4:00pm

Rewards for New Fathers: Cool Baby Gear, No Shame About It

As a culture we collectively lament what happens to women when they become mothers: We watch friends, colleagues, and perfectly respectable acquaintances who once had legitimately interesting opinions turn into half-wits who won’t shut up about cloth diapers and choking hazards. But the thing is, this happens to men,… » 6/07/15 12:00pm 6/07/15 12:00pm

Watch Steph Curry's Daughter Riley Steal Daddy's Press Conference

If you’re following the NBA playoffs, you know after every game there’s a press conference that athletes must endure. It’s often filled with boring questions about them sports-ing hard but last night, Golden State Warrior Steph Curry brought his daughter Riley to the show and oh, was she ever ready for her close-up;… » 5/20/15 10:50am 5/20/15 10:50am

Zoë Kravitz is Kinda Embarrassed About Her Dad Grinding on Katy Perry

Cool Dad Lenny Kravitz took the whole, "I'm a dad, but I'm still hip and relevant" schtick a step beyond the scope of what normal dads do to prove that they're cool and on the pulse, like, say, using emojis or wearing their baseball caps backwards, by doing something only Lenny Kravitz would do: grinding his junk on… » 2/03/15 11:00pm 2/03/15 11:00pm

The Awful Swagger Dads of Advertising Need to Get Got

It's been well documented (if not well researched): At some point in the 1990s, Ad Dads very suddenly became moronic punchlines. I don't know who was more responsible for this—ad agencies or brands or Homer Simpson—but the tipping point was reached quickly. It was an anti-Mad Men ad movement. It was anti-creative. And… » 8/22/14 11:20am 8/22/14 11:20am

Can Matt Lauer Be Both a Sexist Prick and a Good Dad?

Today, Matt Lauer sounded like an old timey idiot when he interviewed General Motors CEO Mary Barra about whether it was possible to be a good mom and a good CEO at the same time. But that raises an important question: Can a pompous, soul-dead talking head who couches his sexism in "not to be a sexist, but (sexism)"… » 6/26/14 1:40pm 6/26/14 1:40pm

Canadian Politician Thinks Moms Change Diapers, Dads Shape Minds

Mother's Day and Father's Day exist to honor the hard-working parents among us. They're also a great occasion for fucking up, if you don't watch yourself. Canadian Justice Minister Peter MacKay is learning that the hard way, after sending male and female staffers two vastly different messages about their roles as… » 6/25/14 12:20pm 6/25/14 12:20pm