A serious, well-worth-reading article by Ben “almost funny” Pobjie taking exception to Kasey Edwards’ Daily Life piece, Why I won’t let any male babysit my children.

It’s hard to be told that you’ve been classified as a potential predator – that, without knowing anything about you, someone has already decided that their children need to be protected from you – without feeling pretty offended.

I never have and never will abuse a child, and, on a base emotional level, it’s hurtful to hear that the probability of my doing so is too great to allow me to be alone with kids. But as Edwards says, the protection of children is not secondary to men’s right not to be offended, so it’s worth trying to go beyond that initial visceral anger, and examine a little closer the idea of forbidding men from taking care of your children.

Read the whole thing; it’ll be time well spent.


  1. People in glass houses … It is women [mothers] who are most likely to kill their infants/babies, but women who do so attract sympathy and compassion in very many cases. No one goes around broadcasting in the press that women in general are potential infant killers and need to be watched closely when with [their] infants. [I also note that there are more and more cases being reported in the press of women of various ages taking sexual advantage of children and adolescents, but there is no general press “bulletin” about such women.]


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