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Five 'Pacific Standard' Stories for Father's Day

Modern fatherhood means grappling with changing gender norms.
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A lion and his cub. This photo doesn't really relate to gender norms or paternity leave, but it's pretty adorable. (Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr)

A lion and his cub. This photo doesn't really relate to gender norms or paternity leave, but it's pretty adorable. (Photo: Tambako The Jaguar/Flickr)

As gender norms have evolved in the United States, one of the most important changes has involved the shifting role of the American dad. Compared to their forebears, American fathers are now expected to spend more time with their children and to share the nurturing role that's traditionally fallen to the mother—big developmental bonuses for growing kids. Still, American society is in a transitional phase between old norms and new ones. Pacific Standard has captured these growing pains in some of our favorite stories about fatherhood, collected below.

Why Most Men Think They're Over-Working as Parents When, Quantitatively, This Isn't True

It's not just because they're self-aggrandizing and delusional. There are social forces at work, too.

The good news is that there are great reasons, backed by science, for dads to spend more time performing basic baby tasks, such as feeding, changing, and bathing Junior.

The Paternity Leave Stimulus

More paternity leave has actually helped countries' economies, from Japan to Sweden.

The Bad Daddy Factor

We often hear about how important it is for women to eat well and avoid alcohol and drugs while they're pregnant. There's also lots of evidence suggesting it's important for men to live a healthy lifestyle while a couple is planning to conceive. How come we never seem to hear about the fathers' side of that story?

Dads in Advertising: Are Times Changing?

Dads can be nurturing, hands-on, badass parents—just like moms. Advertising is beginning to recognize that, although it's not quite there yet.

Deadbeat Dad Policy Needs Renewed Scrutiny

One policy analyst argues the child support system is too focused on collecting money, and not focused enough on creative solutions for parents who wish to pay, but don't have the means. "Our concern is about a subset of men who really are struggling to work, who really are struggling to pay the support," says Joy Moses of the Center for American Progress. "And rather than punishing them for some barriers they're experiencing, we suggest maybe we should address those barriers."

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