I was unable to find any Contact information for the magazine in general and was unsure where to direct this, so I will post it here. I understand this is a rant, but one I feel needs heard. (aren’t they all?)
I’m a Dad who loves being a parent and I am made to feel as a freak of society as such. I go to playgrounds and sit with Moms, I sit outside dance class and talk to Moms, I help at preschool with other Moms. I am fluent in Mom speak and comfortable with my decision to be a stay at home dad and comfortable with talking with other parents (Moms) about issues relating to my daughters.
But I also feel a freak of society reading “Parents” magazine. I fully understand you have to cater to your demographic. Being only the sixth male to register for your website, I realize there aren’t many men who probably read it; but may I suggest that Dads (myself included) are being driven away from your magazine. Looking at Parents (Moms) magazine, the idea is reinforced that raising kids is women’s’ work and men should stand aside and are not welcome.
Just a comments\articles about “letting your SON cook”, or “Let your DAUGHTER play sports” are grossly stereotypical, so are articles about “how to get your dad involved”, “Will He make a good Father?” and many more sub textual clues buried within your magazine make me not want to read because I am not welcome.
I’m not sure what I want out of this Rant, maybe I just needed to get it off my chest; but, I am a Dad who loves his kids and wants to be included as a “Parent”, but I am not allowed to read your magazine by your own words and articles. I want to read your magazine, so maybe throw Dads a bone and acknowledge them as active parents, maybe set aside a column or two about dads, BY Dads, maybe just back off the sub textual – maybe subconscious - male bashing. I understand the demographic and stereotype is for women, but that doesn’t mean Parents magazine should belittle us freaks.
I’d be happy to suggest many more ways to increase, or at least not iscourage male readership if interested. I’m not looking for pity (I think), just standing up against a prejudice. I’m fluent in Mom speak, I understand the irony of a man calling women prejudice, I do,. . . but its there.