Feckless, Lazy, Sperm Donors

18 Jun

Last week a Survey of over 2000 parents found that fathers that are depicted on mainstream television do not accurately reflect the real contributions made by real fathers today and are bad role models for young children. Half of those surveyed felt that Dad’s are portrayed as lazy and stupid, whilst a third felt that Dad’s are discriminated against in popular television shows. 1 in 5 felt that children do indeed believe fathers are “useless” as a result of what they are watching and believe that society view fathers as “feckless, lazy and sperm donors” – I was wondering where Max had picked that sentance up from, I thought he must have heard his mother saying it.
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Who are these fathers that need to hang their heads in shame, that are polluting the minds of the young with such shambolic displays of parenting and corrupting the values our society upholds? Stand up and take a bow Homer Simpson and Daddy Pig. Daddy Pig what sort of an example are you setting poor Peppa and George by playing such an active role in raising them both, loving them unconditionally, fancying the pants off of Mummy Pig and generally being Dad? And do you mean to say that I shouldn’t sit Max in front of the telly and get him to take notes from Homer – DOH! Not even this bit – “Marriage is like a coffin and each kid is another nail” – DOH!
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Surely there are enough factual fathering failures to lay into without having to resort to taking pot shots at poor old Homer and Daddy Pig? High profile men from all walks of life are virtually queuing up and screaming “pick me, pick me” for the role of bad father material. I would prefer to point out the inadequacies of fathers like Charles Saatchi, a man who in order to make himself heard in his own marriage feels compelled to physically mute his wife. Or perhaps the long line of high profile footy players whose misdemeanors often boil down to an inability to comprehend the meaning of the word “no” and an inability to say the word “no” where alcohol is concerned. Politicians, not to be outdone, seem to lack that most basic of abilities to actually engage their brains before allowing another steady stream of mindless misogyny to spill out all over the place, “what the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing…….” Guess who?
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Given the choice I would happily hand Max over to Daddy Pig to enlighten him on how best to achieve marital bliss rather than an afternoon with Mr Saatchi talking him through his views on marital conflict resolution. And Homer anytime you want to take Max over to Moe’s bar to guide him through the finer points of wooing ‘the one’ I would take that every time over him learning how it’s done at a footy team bonding session.
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The role of role model to my son is already spoken for, that position is filled and you need not apply. Dad’s your son will learn more about what it is to be a man from you than he will from all of the factual and fictional father figures in popular culture put together and that is just the way I like it. I am by no means perfect but I love my son, I love being a Dad and I am proud to be his role model.
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16 Responses to “Feckless, Lazy, Sperm Donors”

  1. Olivia Denahy June 18, 2013 at 4:33 am #

    Well said! Just cruising around blog world and came across your blog.
    Have you ever heard of David Kobler? I heard him speak at my sons school 3 weeks ago and he was brilliant. He is a young bloke, married with 2 kids and travels around Australia speaking about the role of fathers for both sons and daughters. Well worth a listen if ever he is in your town, but it sounds like Max is one lucky little boy. Loads of attention from Dad, just what little fellas love.
    Liv

    • daddownunder June 18, 2013 at 5:19 am #

      Oh wow, thanks for the tip off Liv you might have just given me a new career goal. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Dana June 18, 2013 at 4:43 am #

    I am not sure if you’re aware but there is nothing sexier than a good father ;)

    • daddownunder June 18, 2013 at 5:30 am #

      I absolutely wasn’t aware of that Dana but I’m glad to hear it.

  3. Mum of Five Girls... (@VeronicaNeal101) June 18, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    ….and Daddy Pig let’s Peppa and George jump in muddy puddles whenever they like !

  4. Villanueva June 18, 2013 at 5:27 am #

    well said, I miss my family ;(

  5. vickyfinch June 18, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    You Matt are doing an absolutely stellar job! I know that it’s not all sunshine light and rose petals, but the most important thing you are giving your boy is your prescence.

    As the saying goes Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.

    Your wife chose well ;)

    • daddownunder June 18, 2013 at 10:26 am #

      Thank you, thank you, thank you Vicky. Thats my favourite ever saying ; )

  6. Zanni Louise June 18, 2013 at 10:02 am #

    Cute post Matt. You are obviously a great dad, and I am glad you are sharing your experiences as an inspiration for others. My partner is also a tremendous dad and role-model…cultivate the good in the world, and weed out the bad.

    • daddownunder June 18, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Nice little gardening analogy Zanni, bonus points for that. Has Mr Arnott ever been let loose on the blog?

  7. Cat June 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    It’s clear with every word you write how much you love your little boy. I am so glad to hear your voice ringing out at a time when there’s so much dunderheadness going on. I think your blog is the only one my Mr visits with any regularity and I like that there’s someone he can relate to.

    • daddownunder June 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

      Thanks Cat, that’s music to my ears and a big thanks to Mr Cat for visiting its good to know that men read the blog too

  8. ania June 19, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    I love your posts! its great to see someone write so openly about how much they love their family! keep up the great posts!!

    • daddownunder June 19, 2013 at 11:19 am #

      Thanks Ania, yep I’m pretty in touch with my emotional side : )

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