For this article read the article Promoting Positive Fatherhood in Kosovo: http://archive.kosovotwopointzero.com/article/2139/promovimi-i-atesise-pozitive-ne-kosove
You can conduct this exercise alone or in groups. If you will work in groups split into three groups. Each group will read the same article but answers the different questions below.
Once you have read the article discuss amongst yourselves and answers the following questions. Write down your answers. Once you are down take turns sharing your answers and discuss amongst yourselves.
Questions for Group 1:
Questions for Group 2:
Questions for Group 3:
Once you have finished the exercise you can refer to the following for additional discussion.
The exercise is meant to unpack the following for the participants:
Shared meanings are shared within particular groups and can differ within one society. These differences are reflected through gender, class and ethnic relations. The “Whose Your Daddy” article depicts a white professional middle class family. The trend the article speaks about depicts changing gender roles, which are not to be found equally throughout American society. For example, single income families, working class families, families in traditional settings, and groups marginalized based on race and ethnicity, are not included in the article. Similarly, the article Promoting Positive Fatherhood in Kosovo, speaks of professional men in an urban Kosovar setting, and two income families.
The examples used in the module do not necessarily refer to mainstream conceptions of inclusion and diversity. Instead of identifying a marginalized group, and adding it in, the examples aims to identify the norm and through that norm discuss issues of inclusion, exclusion, and diversity. So, instead of addressing parenthood through the traditional ‘woman as caregiver and professional’ debate, the examples show that the debate is much more complex.