FDL Book Salon Welcomes Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture

[Welcome Naomi Cahn and June Carbone, and Host Jeremy Adam Smith, author of, The Daddy Shift: How Stay-at-Home Dads, Bread winning Moms, and Shared Parenting Are Transforming the American Family.]

[As a courtesy to our guests, please keep comments to the book.  Please take other conversations to a previous thread. – bev]

Red Families v. Blue Families: Legal Polarization and the Creation of Culture

When I was traveling around the country interviewing bread winning mothers and care giving fathers for my book, The Daddy Shift, I discovered that reverse-traditional families were politically, culturally, and economically very diverse. The decision for the father to stay home with kids was never motivated by ideology—it was usually based on which parent made more money—but many of the moms and dads felt that taking care of kids led fathers to adopt more liberal social and political attitudes. According to these couples, the dad just became more conscious of the importance of access to the commons, things like playgrounds and health care. (more…)