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Sunday, March 04, 2007

Spain, Anyone?
A rather unusual event is scheduled for this Thursday in Valencia, Spain - an honest-to-God equally shared parenting political demonstration! The demonstration honors International Women's Day and has the theme "sharing attention and affection, we share life". The event sponsor is the Feminist Platform for Shared Parenting, which says that equal sharing 'rescues women from their traditional role of child-raising and involves men in the care of the children'.

The invitation, as posted in Mens News Daily, goes on to say that 'we request that the public authorities take a new direction in both feminist and family policy that goes beyond stereotypes of maternal gatekeeping, which envisages shared care as a means of reconciling family and work-life balance, that rewards (and does not punish) those men who love to dedicate themselves to the raising of their children, with the object of favouring (instead of obstructing) masculine transformation'.

The sponsor makes it clear that the message applies to both married and divorced parents. Focusing on the married ones, I enjoy seeing equal sharing as an international topic worth demonstrating for - sponsored by a feminist group and reported on by a men's website. I love it when we're all on the same page!


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