New Study Shows Men Are More Likely To Take Paternity Leave If They Have Sons

In a recent study conducted at The University of California Santa Barbara, it was revealed that new fathers are 50 percent more likely to take paid paternity leave if their newborns are sons. The state of California has proven itself more progressive than other states in regards to paid parental leave, having instated a paid family leave policy back in 2004. The recent study conducted sought to explore the changing dynamics specifically linked to paternity leave, to map out and get a pulse for the patterns of parents in the workplace, and what factors influence their leave.

Since the 2004 paid family leave policy was instated, new fathers are 46 percent more likely to take paternity leave, which is wonderful and makes complete sense given the paid benefit and shifting cultural attitudes  incentive. Sadly though, researchers have discovered gender consistently influences the paternity leave for new fathers.

Researchers report new fathers have said they feel more “productive” spending time with newborn sons, which sadly shows embedded sexism can start as early as infanthood. Another less depressing theory posits that it’s less of a blatantly sexist pattern, and speaks more to cliches of male-bonding and the desire for a father-son relationship.

Regardless of the root of this reason, it seems an unnecessary loss for baby girls to lose time with their dads because of masculine bias. Also, babies are pretty much little fleshpots with no actualized gender or sexual identity, so that’s a lot of expectation to impose based on genitalia!