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Mar 13 2012

JDILFS (Jewish Dads I’d Like To…)

By at 12:12 pm

A while back, Susie Felber brought us the Top 20 Stylish Jewish Moms in History, and admire them we did. Now, in honor of Dude Week, we are very pleased to present to you Susie’s new collection of stylish Jewish dads, also known as JDILFs. Enjoy!

1. Roman Abramovich

roman abramovichThis Russian mega billionaire has got six kids, a 40-person security team, a yacht with a missile detection system and he’s single! Did I mention the yacht also has a laser shield? Now I did! Yeah I’m using a lot of exclamation points because he’s the #1 JDILF bad boy, what with arrests and allegations as long as his lovely long arms. Hells bells–his eyes are the color of whatever sea he’s sailing on. Who wouldn’t want to take a Roman holiday with this smoking hot real-life Bond super villian? Rowr!

2. Mike D

mike d beastie boysBeastie Boys. Genius. Two kids. Supports his director wife’s cooking for kids show. Debated semantics of Illin’ on Stephen Colbert recently. No debate about how hot he is. Read the rest of this entry →

Feb 27 2012

Where The Boys Aren’t–on Kveller

By at 4:20 pm

Where the Boys AreI was intrigued by the results of the Kveller survey which found that overwhelmingly women (86% of the total readership) were reading the pieces on the site. What does this say about the dads out there?

When I was growing up, moms were home and dads were out working crazy hours to achieve financial stability and success as most of them were one step out of poverty. In my generation of dads, the men were home more but since most moms were “stay-at-home” moms when the kids were little, the dads would do what they needed to do but we moms still had to tell them what to do. And, truthfully, the results were uneven at best. Read the rest of this entry →

Nov 8 2011

2Busy4BC: Husbands of Sucessful Women

By at 11:30 am

The new CEO of IBM, Virginia (Ginni) Rometty. Her husband is being lauded as a hero for being so supportive.

Today on Too Busy For Book Club (also known as 2Busy4BC when you’re too busy to write) we’re talking about this article.

Dearest Kvellerati,

Remember the old saying “behind every successful man is a woman.” Do you imagine it being said by some back-slappy asshole in condescending fashion? I do. But what about when the roles are reversed and the man is the one in the background?

IBM recently named Virginia (Ginni) Rometty as the first female CEO in the company’s 100-year history. The Times did a piece on her husband saying his career took a backseat to hers and lauding him for it.

A few things struck me about this article:

1)   There’s a double standard that when a man quits his job to stay home with the children, or puts his career on the back burner for his spouse, it must be because he couldn’t be very successful.

2)   Women do this all the time – quit their jobs, or slow their careers down for husbands, for children, to care for aging parents – and nobody throws them a parade or writes an article about their sacrifice.

3)   There’s a line where Ginni Rometty talks about how she wasn’t sure she should take a job because she didn’t feel ready. Her husband said “a man would never say that.” I love stories like that, that remind women not to apologize upfront, to just go in and take it. Hell yeah.

4)   The article talks about how most CEOs are married and many have spouses who have put their careers on the back burner. I’m wondering, in a relationship/family, can both people be hyper-ambitious in their careers at the same time, particularly if they are parents?

So, Kvellerites, I’d love to know what you think. Anything about this article chap your ass? Ring true? Irritate? Enlighten?


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