superdumb supervillain: Who's Your Daddy?

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Who's Your Daddy?

If your mate is ambivalent to the constant barrage of parenting books and magazines you're poring over during your first pregnancy, here's a painless (and often chuckle-out-loud funny) way to him know he's not the only guy in the world who is totally confounded by impending fatherhood.



Being Dad is a video snapshot of contemporary adjusting adjusting to their new roles. It's comforting to see a bunch of dudes from various ethnic and social backgrounds sitting around talking about the ridiculousness of pregnancy and parenthood from what is, to me, a fresh perspective. It's like the male version of a Girlfriend's Guide book, with added profanity, graphic birth video and a good deal of beer. It's refreshing to hear birth stories from a father's point of view and the expert information is actually from this decade– no weird Cosby Show sweaters or Farrah Fawcett hairdos in this movie, thank goodness. Most of these people seem entirely relatable.

It was also moderately comforting to know that my husband is not the only guy who managed to say exactly the most unsupportive thing throughout both pregnancies. Seriously, Bob used to make truck backing-up beeping noises at me. I still haven't forgiven him. Perhaps if you slip a copy of Being Dad in your SO's stocking you might avoid a similar fate…

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great book for new dads. It really is nice to see dads taking a more active role though, you know?
    Emils dad once told me that I was being ridiculously lazy since women in China give birth in rice fields and continued working after a brief intermission.
    Please note that I am no longer with this man.

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  2. Fantastic book review and a must for all new dads. He really made truck backing up noises? Oh dear!

    During my first labour my husband got hurt feelings (yes, he pouted), because I did not want any ice chips.

    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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