Gender roles

Outdated workplace policies hold millennial men back from being hands-on dads

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New research suggests that although millennial men say they want to share earning and caregiving responsibilities equally with their partners, they’re held back by old-fashioned workplace policies. Sarah Thébaud, a sociologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, argues that policies like paid leave and flexible schedules were designed with women in mind; men may still be stigmatized for taking advantage of these options. While only 35 percent of employed, childless millennial men believe women should be the primary caregivers and men the breadwinners, their attitudes seem to become less idealistic if they have children: among men who actually are parents, 53 percent say it’s preferable for men and women to conform to traditional gender roles.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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