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Conservative Columnist Says Dads Work Harder Than Moms And Everyone’s Telling Him To STFU

Father’s Day is an opportunity to honor dads by posting Instagram tributes they’ll never see and cry over those videos of kids presenting their longtime stepdads with adoption papers.

It should certainly NOT be treated as an excuse to argue that despite doing less chores and housework, fathers are doing more than mothers overall. But this is precisely what New York Times columnist Ross Douthat chose to do in his Father’s Day piece, ‘Can Dads Have It All?

Douthat admits early on in the article that he gets more credit when he is “wheeling his brood around the mall or supermarket” than his wife does, and he also grants that “fathers still do much less work around the house than moms, even when both spouses hold down paying jobs.”

AND YET, Douthat points out, as National Review deputy managing editor Robert VerBruggen writes in an essay for the Institute of Family Studies, ‘The Myth of the ‘Lazy’ Father,’ “when you add up housework, paid work and child care, married fathers today are doing slightly more work than married mothers.”

“The current division is actually a reasonable balance,” writes Douthat, in what sounds like an attempt at rage-baiting but is unfortunately a sincere train of thought.

The columnist’s take—based almost entirely on a single poorly-conducted study published by the Institute for Family Studies, a conservative anti-LGBTQ think tank—was immediately attacked by Twitter for its bad faith arguments.

The fact-checks poured in immediately and densely.

Ignoring for a minute the countless studies suggesting that women work harder than men overall, Douthat in no way addresses the gender wage gap, that women are doing both paid and unpaid labor, or the social pressure on the woman to be a full-time caretaker.

In other words: