Yes, Prince William Does Need Paid Paternity Leave
Judith Warner thinks the new dad is making a brilliant symbolic statement
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 26, 2013 1:15 PM CDT
Prince William and Kate, duchess of Cambridge, hold the Prince of Cambridge as they pose for photographers outside St. Mary's Hospital.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

(Newser) – Taxpayers are about to pay Prince William $206 a week for paternity leave—and Judith Warner at Bloomberg thinks that's, as the British might say, bloody brilliant. Oh sure, in practical terms, it's a crazy handout to an idle rich person. But "in William's subtle, necessarily apolitical, good-guy way, he has issued the boldest possible statement of support for true workplace equality between men and women." It's a statement especially vital in the US, the only industrial nation without guaranteed maternity or paternity leave.

But even in nations with generous leave policies, women take the vast majority of postpartum time off—and they usually wind up derailing their careers in the process. "While leave and flexibility policies are good for children," Warner argues, when it comes to gender equality, "they have often had the perverse effect of reinforcing the status quo." Pegging this as a women's issue is a social defense, "a way of fixating on a safe thought (women want to be with their children) and keeping at bay a much more threatening thought (the way we work now is pathological)." Click for her full column.

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Jul 31, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
There is absolutely NO "royal" that has a legitimate NEED for anything! In fact, EVERYTHING they supposedly "earn" is off the back of those that produce something for their country and the ones to whom they are expected to bow/curtsey. To be sure, Prince William (as with the rest of the Royal family) doesn't "do" anything! So, the idea of him "earning" anything is purely a token gesture. The queen earns her living off her subjects; and, vicariously, her children and grandchildren "earn" their keep by the token "jobs" they do to try and legitimize their existence on this Earth! This is the reason why I could NEVER reside in a country where I am legally recognized as "a subject." Americans are the boss of the government (not the other way around), ...I just wished the rest of the Americans knew it and acted on it! We'd be legitimately FREE in about 10 minutes if Americans really knew what power they legitimately had!!! We bow to no one on/of this Earth!
Jul 27, 2013 5:47 AM CDT
no he doesn't
Jul 26, 2013 7:07 PM CDT
Yessss ... pay the royal prince ... one of the future kings of England needs "leave" because, nine months ago HE got to, "unnghh unghhh unngh ... (squirt)" .. ... and his wife had a baby ... and you KNOW how hard it is to get good HELP these days ...