New York Magazine

by Erica Schwiegershausen / July 31, 2015

When fantasizing about having a family, millennial men are far more idealistic about the possibilities of egalitarian partnership than previous generations. Yet despite their enlightened attitudes, when they actually have kids, young men are turning out to be pretty traditional dads, serving as the primary breadwinner and shirking from the second shift.

According to the New York Times, the lack of family-friendly policies at work is keeping well-intentioned male millennials from achieving their dish-washing, carpooling, feminist-dad aspirations. Researchers have found that the majority of young men and women say they would like to equally share earning and caregiving responsibilities with their partner. However, when faced with balancing the demands of the workplace and child-rearing, most fall back on traditional, gendered parenting roles.

Research has shown that millennials are far less influenced by traditional notions about gender roles than their forebears: As stated in a study from the Families and Work Institute, only 35 percent of employed, childless young men believe that men should be breadwinners and women should be caregivers. Yet workplace policies and norms have yet to catch up to these shifting ideals. Sarah Thébaud, a sociologist at UC Santa Barbara, told the Times that she believes that while working women benefit from family-work policies, men are still stigmatized for taking advantage of parenting benefits, like paternity leave.


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