Bobos in Paradise

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Essay 3
12/9/09
Relations between “I Want a Wife” and “Not all Men Are Sly Foxes”
“I Want a Wife” and “Not all Men Are Sly Foxes” share the same common theme: They stereotype the mother being the dominant parental figure in a young child’s life. There is no denying it small children rely on their mothers for love and care. In the essay “I Want a Wife” the author, Judy Brady writes, “I want a wife who takes care of the children when they are sick, a wife who arranges to be around when the children need special care, because of course, I cannot miss classes at school.” But is it possible for a father to take care of a young child when they are sick, when they get home from work at the wee hours of the night? Should this be acceptable or do fathers need to take the initiative to take care of their children more?

Although, these essays have a common theme they are spoken through two different voices. In “I Want a Wife” a mother and coincidentally a wife is speaking about what a great responsibility all mothers and wives take on when raising a child. In the other essay “Not All Men Are Sly Foxes” the essay is spoken through a father’s voice who is expressing his frustrations to the stereotypes that occur in children’s books. In this essay, fathers are perceived to be the weaker and more unlovable parent, in what the author Armin Brott thinks is an inaccurate perception. For example, in “Not All Men Are Sly Foxes” there was an exert that states, “The librarian gave me a list of the twenty most popular contemporary picture books and I read every one of them. Of the twenty, seven don’t mention a parent at all. Of the remaining thirteen, four portray fathers as much less loving and caring than mothers.” This provided imagery and personal facts for his audience on how much discrimination takes place in children’s books towards fathers. Contrary the essay “I Want a Wife” provides imagery and personal experience throughout the essay to the reader on what kind of...
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