This is brand new father and mega-famous rapper, Jay-Z:
Before I got in the game, made a change, and got rich/ I didn’t think hard about using the word bitch/I rapped, I flipped it, I sold it, I lived it/Now with my daughter in this world I curse those that give it.
No man will degrade her, or call her name/I’m so focused on your future, the degradation has passed/ I wish you wealth, health and insight/Forever young you may pass/Blue Ivy Carter, my angel.
And more from this thought-provoking article from Lisa Belkin (hi!) at the Huffington Post:
Jay-Z is not the first man to realize he has been a misogynistic jerk only after he has a daughter.
Okay, maybe the academic studies don’t use those words exactly, but one, from the University of Maryland titled “Like Daughter, Like Father: How Women’s Wages Change When CEOs Have Daughters,” found that the birth of a girl to a male CEO closes the wage gap at his company by .5 percentage points, and if that daughter is the CEOs first child the gap closes by 2.8 percentage points.)
That same switch might flip some of a father’s political views, too. A study of the voting records of US Congressmen found that those with daughters voted more liberally on issues of reproductive rights, flexible work policies and funding for education. And data on British families found that fathers with three sons and no daughters were far more likely to vote for conservative candidates than were fathers of three daughters and no sons.
“Daughters make people more left-wing, while having sons, by contrast, makes them more right-wing” the author of that last study, Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick said when it was released in 2009.
Still, world, we can’t wait for every man to have a daughter – men, find your feminism NOW.