From the moment a man proposes marriage to a woman he is stripped of all relevance. He becomes superfluous.

Wedding preparations begin and bridal magazines abound. Groomal magazines? Unlikely. In fact, considering a groom is a personal servant, a bridegroom is certainly not of an elevated social status. Everyone worries about the bride, and her dress, and the perfect wedding — for the bride. Her decisions generally rule supreme.

Paternity Ward isn’t about weddings. Yet, the same social dynamic at play with weddings rears its head during pregnancy.

This is what Paternity Ward is about. And more:

It’s about the joy of pregnancy from a male perspective, and other raw emotion.

It’s about the socio-political nature of pregnancy, the belittlement of the male’s role in pregnancy and childrearing. [Ed: I may have been a little angsty when I originally wrote this — they really were very inclusive of fathers at the hospital, but I couldn’t have known that before Jethro was born]

It’s a virtual hospital ward for me (perhaps more akin to a psychiatric ward than a maternity ward) because there isn’t a paternity ward in the hospital.

[Ed: And now it’s also an account of fatherhood, and everything that entails for me]


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