Magazine August 14, 2017, Issue

Dads in Ads

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Men are used to seeing commercials that portray guys as dumb sheepish dorks, unable to do the basic things sensible, capable women can do. Leave them home alone with the kids and they’ll put dish soap in the washing machine and the baby in the dryer. Plaid shirts untucked, dad-gut under a stained white T, whining to Mom-wife: Jane, stop this crazy thing so I can go drink beer in the garage!

The strong, wise, calm, friendly Father Knows Best type is just so troublesome. Especially in these days when women are being expelled from college en masse, shackled to kitchen

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