I have just watched today’s ‘Daily Politics’ episode (a daily political news show produced by the BBC in the U.K) which dedicated a large segment to screaming “what about the men!?”.
How you ask? A man was brought in to talk about how men are denied proper mental health care after becoming a dad and “ignored” during pregnancy.. It’s almost as if mental health care is poor for everyone! Or that the woman who has has massive physical changes is the priority! Listening to men complaining that it was hard to see their partner in pain doesn’t fill me with sympathy for anyone except the labouring woman.
In particular they want the label “post partum depression” to be extended to men and to get more time off work (not to help with childcare but in the name of “self care”).
Does anyone else feel like this will become a new way to be incompetent and shirk childcare responsibilities? I’ve never seen a political program discuss the serious illnesses of post partum depression and psychosis at all, never mind with such compassion.