It seems a pivotal week for Father's with Father's Day being widely celebrated and seems to be more so each year combined with the news earlier this week that the government has launched a green paper on ensurig there is parental involvement with children for mothers and fathers if they separate.
Father's Day itself has this year passed without inane comments from Cameron and his ilk like last year. Throughout the week, it was clear that there were more supplements about celebrating Father's Day, articles about how important fathers are as well articles that raising the continuing question about those dads who today will be sorely missing their children because of the maliciousness of the mothers and CAFCASS.
While some may critcise some of the weekly supplements about 'what to buy dad' because they solely driven by profit - well, frankly who cares? If magazines and retailers think the children of father's want to celebrate the day by buying a gift for their dad then it doesn't matter because the by-product is the raising of the profile of the day itself and the importance of fathers.
The day itself acts as a pivot to leverage coverage about fatherhood and there have been a number of great examples (see below). With the day being in June and International Men's Day in November it gives the opportunity to have two days a year which put men, boys and fathers in the spotlight. It would be fantastic if International Men's Day received the same coverage.
Daily Telegraph - It'll be an unhappy Father's Day for some (Louis de Bernieres)
The Guardian - Danny DeVito: I still miss my dad
Metro - Google celebrates Father's Day
Daily Mail - Oh, the agony and ecstasy of being a dad...and a son (Dominic Utton)
Gloucestershire Echo - Fantastic Fathers: A typical example of local coverage
The Guardian - How fatherhood changed my perception of teaching (Ross Morrison McGill)
Daily mail - Fathers fear for their daughters
Daily Mail - How the absence of a father can wreck a child's life (Fiona Macrae)
BBC News - Rent, debts and pensions (Kevin Peachey): Just a namecheck for father's but nonethless this is how the day becomes pivotal for linking on the value of fathers.
Daily Telegraph - Modern fathers have been around for centuries : The actual headline is awful and bears only a little resemeblance to the article.
Daily Telegraph - Rojoice, all you embarrassing dads, you are doing a brilliant job (James delingpole)
The Fatherhood Institute call for father's names to be on all birth certficates
On the issue of the Green paper issued this week - there has been some positivity and some negativity from those in the men and boys sector. The main issues were around whether it was shared parenting or not and also the strength of the pledge to deal with mothers (and some fathers) who disgracefully breach contacts orders and continually get away with it. Tim Loughton spells out the situation in a letter in The Times and was robust in the BBC
Families Need Fathers were positive as were the Fatherhood Institute and the Centre for Seperated Families. Fathers4Justice said it was the worst Father's Day card ever and Janice Atkinson-Small in the Mail is very unhappy.
I have not looked through it all, but happy for any views to be shared here but there seems to be three non-feminist groups in favour.
Posted by Skimmington
PS - Just think how much today must stick in the craw of the uber-feminists ;@)