As TV Dads Go, Danny Tanner Is Way Worse Than Don Draper

Now, in the dying embers of Father’s Day, we should take the opportunity to kick a few lukewarm coals around and consider important cultural representations of fatherhood in television, because nothing is more important than television. Nothing. TV dads are usually pretty flawed (TV moms, too), because parental tension … » 6/16/13 6:00pm 6/16/13 6:00pm

By the Way, Lots of Dudes Aspire to Be Dads

Yes, yes — we all know that the highest calling for women in fascist countries is to birth beautiful, stout baby-soldiers for the State, but a new, conveniently-timed Father’s Day poll suggests that lots of men want to be dads one day. In fact, just about as many men as women aspire to carefully guide an infant human… » 6/16/13 4:00pm 6/16/13 4:00pm

A Father's Day Message from Louis de Bernières: Moms Can't Rough House

British writer Louis de Bernières — a man whose name is so tantalizingly close to “Béarnaise” that, repeated enough times, it will drive you mad with hunger — availed himself this Father’s Day of a media pulpit from which he could decry the institution that wreaks the most psychic destruction on children (particularly… » 6/16/13 12:00pm 6/16/13 12:00pm

Father's Day Miscellany For Those Of Us With Deadbeat Dads

I used to work at a popular women's magazine where I once pitched a guide to brides with dads who weren't dead but weren't around — I'd never seen anything like that before, and I figured there had to be a lot of women (myself among them) who were confused about the etiquette. Do you ask some 50-something dude you've… » 6/15/13 4:30pm 6/15/13 4:30pm

What I'd Like for Father's Day: An Open Letter to My Daughter

No ties, please. No cufflinks or gift certificates. No presents at all, really.

Kid, if you're struggling for some last-minute token for Father's Day, here's what I'd really like — this year and for years to come:

I want you to know there's no end game. The sports you play, the colleges you get into, the accolades you… » 6/15/13 3:00pm 6/15/13 3:00pm

Mitt Romney Celebrates Father’s Day By Pulling One of His Famously…

In yet another desperate attempt to humanize their father, the Romney sons released a Father's Day video in which they detail all of the fun times they had with their dad. Guess what? The good times centered entirely around pranking each other. Oh, and for some mysterious reason also involved him nicknaming one of the … » 6/17/12 8:00pm 6/17/12 8:00pm

Father's Day Memories Of A Pot-Dealing, Cross-Dressing, Murdered Dad

A woman named Tanya Quaife, now grown and working at nonprofit for LGBT homeless youth in Los Angeles, tells the complicated story of her father on Salon in a piece rife with bitterness, sensationalism (sentences like "The detective told me my father's penis had shrunk to the size of a seahorse," a number of disgusted… » 6/16/12 2:45pm 6/16/12 2:45pm

Dads These Days: How Those Lucky Bastards Actually Have It Kinda Shitty

I don't have any scientific proof on hand, but I feel like I've still never seen a study that says fathers clean more or do more child-rearing stuff than mothers. I know there are exceptions, but I'm talking on the whole. Women are often expected to be like, Here, take it all, take everything I've got because now I'm a … » 6/13/12 6:30pm 6/13/12 6:30pm

The Financial Value of a Father Is Less Than You'd Think

If you were raised by a dad, or are raising kids with a dad right now, or are a dad yourself, or have ever met a dad, you probably would not say that fathers are worthless. And, you would obviously be right, they're worth a lot; they're just not worth quite as much as mothers—at least that is what a strange new survey… » 6/12/12 4:20pm 6/12/12 4:20pm

Obviously You Should Let Groupon Name Your Baby for You

These days there's a discount to be found for just about any service, so perhaps we should not be surprised that Groupon has started offering a deal in New York City to name your baby for you. True, this is likely a Father's Day PR stunt, but still it's fun to consider the possibility of paying them to decide your… » 6/12/12 9:30am 6/12/12 9:30am