• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 3 comments on The Ivory Tower Is Like the Real World in One Way: Mothers Still Do Most of the Childcare, BU Researcher Finds

  1. Did the researchers seek out the opposite situation? Husband-father academics with more flexibility and who make less money and therefore bear most of the childcare than their wife-mother counterparts who work 7am-7pm and make more money? Would be interesting to know where that number is compared to the number of the dynamic studied here to see how far we need to go to reach gender equality (or is it equity?).

  2. This is important work, but in order for it to gain traction, I feel the comment by “curious” should be addressed since it is right on the mark. The analysis is centered around assumptions about alpha male culture, and so I’m sure we can get some useful additional insight into the bullying, marginalization, and salary stagnation associated with fathers who do pick up the slack when their wives’ careers are deemed to be more lucrative than their own. I reiterate that we really can’t get “the whole picture” without looking at dads (as opposed to generic males), and the issue of access to reasonably priced childcare (beyond what is provided by a school.)

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