Thursday, April 03, 2014

Major League Baseball in the paid paternity leave debate, as well as effort to end sexual orientation discrimination


Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets has given big league sports another opportunity to weigh in on social issues.  Major League Baseball has said that it is committed to eliminating sexual orientation discrimination (which has definitely prevented some men from playing in the past), but it also has to be pro-family. So it reportedly allows three days paternity leave for the birth of a child.
   
Daniel Murphy returned Thursday, and the Mets, looking thoroughly distracted, got drubbed again by the Nationals, who themselves are nursing multiple injuries but swept and own the Mets at Citi Field again, as in this story
   

The Nats, a couple of whom know me, got their parenting done in the off-season, it seems. 
  
But apparently one radio talk show host (according to ABC's Live with Kelly show) said the wife should have had a C-section so her husband wouldn't miss Opening Day!
   
No question, the presence of a husband in a difficult childbirth can be critical.  Morgan Spurlock documented that in one of his own films (ironically, at the end of a film about hunting for Osama bin Laden, where he depicts his own process of becoming a father). 
   
Employers have a line of contradictions to walk on this one.  The fact is, having and raising children is challenging in an individualistic society.  In practice, parents are more likely to need more time off.  That leads to people who don’t have sexual intercourse in a marriage subsidizing those who do.  That seems like a consequence of logic.  That doesn’t stop Facebook from offering a reported 16 days of paid paternity leave.  

Pictures: My 2012 visit to Citifield, Phillies at Mets ({Phillies won).  

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