What sounds better than a fall afternoon spent hiking through fallen leaves, baking fresh bread, and sitting by the fire with a hot cup of espresso and a good book. For men—or anyone—here’s a little make-believe heavily influenced by my own espresso-sipping, bread-baking, partner-in-parenting husband.
A waffle-weave sweater for channeling fisherpeople.
All-weather boots for tromping around in.
Hemp socks for staying cozy.
A trio of beautiful flours.
A bread bag for freshly baked loaves.
A maple bowl for serving.
Greek olive oil for drizzling.
A walnut spoon for stirring.
A calming balm for what ails you.
A copy of Burn It Down for better understanding.
In an effort to ground all of this make-believing in something a bit more down to earth, here are a few very real places to direct our attention:
+ Ask your member of congress for paid family leave. The United States currently has no federal paid family leave policy, making it the only industrialized country absent a paid-leave policy on the national level. PL+US (Paid Leave for the United States) is on a mission to make paid family leave a reality in the US by 2022. Learn about the issues; sign the petitions; demand better.
+ Tune into #MenCareLive this week. MenCare is an international non-profit with a mission to “promote men’s involvement as equitable, nonviolent fathers and caregivers in order to achieve family well-being, gender equality, and better health for mothers, fathers, and children.” To achieve that mission, they call on men to “be allies in supporting women’s social and economic equality, in part by taking on more responsibility for childcare and domestic work.” Their global meeting is taking place this week, November 19-21.
+ Take the Pledge for Paternity Leave. Less than 1 in 5 men in the United States are offered paid parental leave and worse, many dads who are offered leave don’t take it. Dove is pledging $1 million dollars to fund parental leave for fathers and earlier this year they launched a simple Paternity Leave Pledge that might be a nice starting point for raising awareness and offering funds to dads in need.
+ Nominate a woman to run: When women run for office, they get elected. She Should Run is a nonpartisan non-profit promoting leadership and encouraging women from all walks of life to run for political office.
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