Professor of Sociology Gayle Kaufman has published an article in The Conversation, an online collaboration between editors and academics to provide free news analysis and commentary. In her piece, Kaufman comments on this year's first-ever "State of America's Fathers" report, which draws on social science research studies and analysis of the 2016 National Study of the Changing Workforce.
"Have you seen the T-shirt slogan: Dads don't babysit (it's called ‘parenting')?" Kaufman writes. "This slogan calls out the gendered language we often still use to talk about fathers. Babysitters are temporary caregivers who step in to help out the parents. But the fact is that fathers are spending more time with their children than ever before."
Kaufman studies fatherhood worldwide and is the author of Superdads: How Fathers Balance Work and Family in the 21st Century (NYU Press, 2013).