Letter: Column perpetuates gender stereotypes

In regards to Brandi Chambless’ column in the January 2014 edition of the CTG, I don’t know whether to be more upset at Ms. Chambless for the irresponsible generalizations in her “How To Get Dressed” article or at the CTG for publishing it.

As a married man with two school-aged kids, I take offense that Ms. Chambless thinks that all fathers have to do in the morning is wake up, throw on some clothes and cologne, watch some ESPN and whistle their way out the door.  I would expect an article like this to be chiseled on a stone tablet rather than written at any time in the 21st century. 

In my dual income household, my wife and I split the chores, including getting our kids out of bed, clothed, fed and out the door on time for school.  I wake up an hour early on school days to help with the kids.  As much as the kids like school holidays, so do I.  I get to sleep past sunrise. 

To make the claims in this article that she does, Ms. Chambless only perpetuates the gender-specific stereotypes of generations past. 

Believe it or not, not every man thinks spending $4 on coffee is a good idea.  Some of us don’t even drink coffee and think that there are many ways to better spend $80 a month.  I would write more, but I have to go put my daughter to bed.  It’s my night.

Jim Linker
Flower Mound, TX


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