Daddyblogs Know Best: Histories of Fatherhood in the Cyber Age
The world is filled with the stories of men. In this regard, online paternal life writing (the “daddyblog”) is hardly revolutionary. Yet there is something distinct about writing that takes fatherhood itself as its focal point. Many authors and memoirists throughout history have been fathers, yet the notion of a Great Man has often offered fatherhood as a parenthetical experience, a footnote to the real work of living. By contrast, daddyblogs seek to foreground the work of fatherhood. While the story that emerges is indistinct and multifaceted, it presents an interesting collective response to the tropes of patriarchal fatherhood. Daddyblogs thus both maintain and interrupt dominant discourses of fatherhood and masculinity.
KeywordsDominant Discourse Product Placement Paternal Involvement Single Father Intensive Mothering
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