Autism has been back in the news of late. Rather than depend on the brief snippet I saw on the news while at the gym, I decided to come home and do some research. First I hit the my main sources: The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post. Unfortunately, it wasn’t so easy to find. In fact, parenting articles in general weren’t so easy to find–until I looked in the “softer” news sections.
The Washington Post has blog–not a section, a single blog–devoted to parenting (this doesn’t include education, of course, which is apparently a different topic). On Parenting by Janice D’Arcy is a good, informative read, but it seems to focus mainly on topics that would appeal to moms.
The New York Times also covers parenting through a blog. Like “On Parenting,” “Motherlode” is, as its name suggests, geared towards women.
Huffington Post actually has the best coverage of parenting news and information. Rather than a single blog, parenting has a whole section to itself, and several writers, both male and female, of varying levels of expertise contribute. And yet, the parenting section is located under “Women.”
Because apparently men don’t care?
It’s a chicken-and-the-egg question. Do newspapers market parenting articles to women because men don’t read them, or do men not read parenting articles because they are marketed to women? To be honest, I have no idea.
I do think, however, that maybe men would start caring a little more about the latest research on television and brain development in toddlers, or issues involving maternity and paternity leave, if these topics weren’t hidden under the veil of “women’s issues.”
Parenting is everyone’s issue, dammit.
What do you think? Do men not care enough, or do women care too much, and what should we do about it?