And finally, we wondered what Ms. Musings, Ms. magazine’s blog, would have to say about all of this. What did we find? Well, Christine ruminates thusly: “I’m willing to bet we’d be a lot further along in our discussions if the media focused half as much on the persistent obstacles to egalitarian child-rearing as it does on women who choose to stay at home.” (Now there’s a thought!) Christine even maps out — nudge, nudge, Times — a specific story idea. “The multi-part series (think big) I’m imagining would obviously cover issues such as the lack of affordable childcare and compare U.S. support for families against that of Western European countries. It would also investigate the broader social context, including countervailing forces such as the Christian right and the current political and social philosophy of the Bush administration. And the series would include the voices of — brace yourselves — current fathers and future wannabe fathers (hey, it’s my fantasy). Other than Yale’s dean, Peter Salovey, no other male is quoted in the most recent Times story. Unfortunately, this is the norm.”

That’s right. Christine is arguing (persuasively, to boot) that men need more of a voice in the media. This is not your mom’s Ms.

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.