Why does fatherhood have to be so emasculating. The idea that manliness dissipates with each successive diaper change predominates all of popular culture in movies like ‘What To Expect’ and the television series ‘Guys With Kids’ where bjorns are used to parody the manliness of the men wearing them.
Even for women pregnancy and action are contrasted using fake superheroes like Juno’s Most Fruitful Yuki.
Despite this parody you will likely never see Wonder Woman pregnant and you will definitely not see other superheroes settle down. Superman will not have kids with Lois Lane even if it was possible with his alien DNA and Spiderman and Mary Jane Watson will never have tiny spider babies. Outside of Mr. Incredible and Big Daddy from Kick Ass there are almost no real dads doing real dad things. There are plenty of shitty dads.
Normon Osborn who becomes the Green Goblin and Magneto top this list along with a host of other characters from both sides of good and evil. Ironically, we hear more about their kids than we do any other parents within the Marvel universe. Fatherhood is barely touched upon.
Quicksilver and the other children of Magneto just magically appear as adults with little explanation given to provide any indication they were ever raised by anyone at all. Even good guys like Scott Summers and Jean Grey have their child simply appear from the future as badass soldier Cable with knowledge of an impending apocalypse, but little else is revealed through the years with respect to how he was raised. These kids just appear.
It’s as if popular culture decided good parenting would detract from masculinity or a hero’s overall badassery. Soldiers all around the world protect us by leaving their families and returning to tears and cries of joy and we love them all the more for it. After all, what good is a hero if there is nothing back home worth protecting. Despite its importance, fatherhood continues to be missing from popular culture as a positive force for young men to aspire to.
Sure, they have their own fathers as role models, but unless there is another form of reinforcement outside the family unit, I think true damage is being done. The only way to fix this problem is to saturate our current market with action packed images of our favorite movie heroes reinvented for fatherhood and nothing says fatherhood like the baby bjorn. Welcome to movies rebjorn (includes catch phrases!).
#1 The Bjorn Identity
#2 Three X-Men and A Baby
These are but a few of the many cinematic remakes that await the world if they would only jump on this untapped badass dad demographic. In the meantime I will have to single handedly push this crusade forward like a dad-centric hero for dad-centric heroes. Let me know what you guys think in a comment below.