US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg
“In the old days men had babies and worked harder to provide for their future — that’s the correct masculine response.”
He had been replying to a tweet about US transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg, who took paternity leave last month following the birth of his newborn twins — amid criticism from the Right.
“That’s something that the president believes in and has proposed. It’s something I believe,” Mr Buttigeig told The View in an interview last week. “Every American ought to be able to get paid parental leave”.
On Twitter, many accused Mr Londsdale of sexism, with CBC News correspondent Carolyn Dunn writing: “1952 called and it would very much like its definition of ‘masculine response’ back.”
Figures from technology and investing also weighed-in, with Initialised Capital founder Garry Tan arguing that “being a Dad is awesome”, [but] “there is more to life than work and money.”
He also highlighted that his venture capital firm allowed all employees to take four months paid leave, and that he had himself.
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian meanwhile wrote: “The correct masculine response is to do whatever it takes for your family and newborn. No one should have to choose between the ICU/NICU and keeping their job.”
Initialized has 4 months leave, and I took all 4 months to make sure everyone at Initialized felt like they could do it.
Respect that people have different choices, but being a dad is awesome and there is more to life than work and money.
— garrytan.eth 陈嘉兴 🔺🌐 (@garrytan) October 27, 2021
Reddit has also introduced paid leave for its employees.
According to Fortune, Mr Lonsdale later apologised for calling Mr Buttigeig a “loser”.
Fox News’s Tucker Carlson attacked Mr Buttigeig for taking paid paternity leave in the face of US president Joe Biden’s attempts to pass his Build Back Better act — and an unfolding supply chain crisis.
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