Sheryl is Wrong: Bossy’s Fine. Let’s Ban Double Standards Instead

ban lies

As the father of three daughters, I support Sheryl Sandberg’s message that girls can lead. But I don’t support her other messages: First, it’s okay to use half-truths, twisted data, inaccurate and outdated information, and outright lies to get what you want. Second, women and girls aren’t smart enough to make their own life choices. Third, you don’t need to work hard to achieve success—the world owes you something just because you’re female.

Here are just a few examples.
Sandberg wants “equality” in the workplace, and drags out the old canard that there’s a male/female pay gap—and that that gap is the result of discrimination against women. The truth? Yes, the total amount of money earned by men is greater than the total earned by women. But that is largely a function of the different choices men and women make. Men put in about 50% more hours at work than women and, more importantly, men dominate in fields where there is less flexibility, more danger, and higher salaries, while women dominate in fields that offer more flexibility and, unfortunately, less income.

So, Sheryl, how much workplace equality do you really want? Ninety-five percent of people who die on the job are men. And two thirds of the unemployed are men. Where’s the outrage, Sheryl? Do you really want equal representation for males and females?
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Dominican Republic Names First Robotic Surgery Unit in Recognition of World-Renowned Surgeon, David B. Samadi, MD

Dr. David Samadi Attended the Inauguration of the Samadi Robotic Institute at HOMS and Performed the First-Ever Robotic Prostate Surgery in the Dominican Republic

Written by: Jeffrey Martinez

This week, world-renowned robotic prostate surgeon, David B. Samadi, MD, joined President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic to inaugurate and unveil the first Samadi Robotic Surgical Institute at the Hospital Metropolitano de Santiago (HOMS), pioneering robotic surgery in the Dominican Republic. While there, Dr. Samadi was honored for his humanitarian efforts in prostate cancer, and performed the first-ever robotic prostate surgery in the Dominican Republic. [Read more...]

Study Examines Patterns of Smartphone Use By Parents Around Children

Many a parent has turned to a smartphone or tablet during a restaurant outing with children. How does this mobile device use affect parent-child interactions? In a qualitative analysis, researchers sought to describe patterns of how caregivers and children use mobile devices around each other. In the study, “Patterns of Mobile Device Use by Caregivers and Children During Meals in Fast Food Restaurants,” published in the April 2014 Pediatrics (published online March 10), researchers observed 55 caregivers eating with 1 or more young children in fast food restaurants. The researchers wrote detailed field notes, describing how the caregivers used their mobile devices and how they interacted with the children. Researchers described how “absorbed” the caregiver was in the device, how children responded when caregivers used a device and how caregivers managed this behavior, and co-viewing or shared use of devices by caregivers and children.

Caregivers who used devices ranged from having the device on the table to almost constant absorption with the device throughout the meal. Some children accepted the lack of engagement and entertained themselves; others acted out in a bid for attention. The study raises several questions for future research, including what types of activity (eg, work, entertainment) on mobile devices are associated with the highest levels of caregiver absorption, and what are the long-term effects on child development from caregivers who frequently become absorbed with a device while spending time with their children.

From the journal Pediatrics.

Submissions Now Open for “Mr. Dad Seal of Approval”

Mr. Dad Seal of ApprovalWe’ve finally recovered from Toy Fair and are now accepting submissions for the Mr. Dad Seal of Approval‘s Spring 2014 and Father’s Day 2014 seasons. There is no fee to apply. If you have (or someone you know has) a toy, game, app, service, or anything else that gets dads and kids engaging together, we encourage you to visit mrdad.com/seal and fill out the simple application in the sidebar. Submission deadlines and announcement dates are below.

Season Submission Deadline Winners Announced
Spring 2014 March 31, 2014 Week of April 14, 2014
Father’s Day 2014 May 26, 2014 Week of June 2, 2014
Back to School 2014 August 25, 2014 Week of  September 7, 2014
Winter Holidays ’14 November 16, 2014 Week of December 1, 2014

Women Make Less than Men? Better Think Again.

We recently came across this wonderful infographic that does a great job of debunking the whole women-make-less-than-men canard that’s been going around for years. Bravo to the brave people who put it together, flying in the face of political correctness. Here goes:

women DON'T make less than men

Breaking The Silence – It’s Time To Speak Up About Male Sexual Health

Silence is how many men handle problems. It’s almost part of the Man Code –“If it’s a problem, don’t talk about it.”  So, when it comes to the topic of sex – and sex problems – men are even more reluctant to start talking. And who can blame them?  It seems the whole world snickers at the TV ads for ED drugs. What guy is then going to turn to his friends and admit he has ‘that’ problem? [Read more...]

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