Much of what I’ve been blogging about lately has not particularly been about science or about women in science or about women at all. Sleep issues, daycare dilemmas, family-friendly cars, etc. are hardly the terrain I was writing about when I launched this blog 2.5 years ago. But they occupy a lot of my mental space today.
Since moving to Scienceblogs.com, the number of male commenters on this blog has increased significantly. I could attribute this solely to the majority male readership of the uber-domain, but email conversations with several of my new readers suggest that this is not so. Men seem to be reading this blog because at least some of what I talk about applies to their lives too.
There are fathers out there who worry about the trade-off between working long hours and spending time with their kids. There are fathers out there who agonize about putting their children in daycare. There are male academics who worry that their colleagues won’t think they are serious about their work if they leave early in the afternoon to go to a soccer game. There are men who get up at 4 am every day so that they can be “done” with work by noon, their wives can go to work, and their babies can be home with a parent all day.
These are the men that we need to enlist, recruit, support, and make visible. These are the men who have modern attitudes towards careers, parenting, children, and women. We need more men like them. If women scientists really want to break free of decades of discrimination and adverse attitudes in our careers and at home, then we should accept the support of all those who are willing to help and who share our goals.