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A UK dad has shared his concerns about the sexist attitude he recently experienced from a primary school parent association group.

The post was shared on The Dad Network Facebook page and has sparked a very interesting discussion.

He shared, “So my son’s primary school PTA has organised a ladies night, when I asked is there going to be a men’s night the response was “you’ll have to organise that yourself”.

I thought these kind of sexist attitudes were a thing of the past and surely it shouldn’t be encouraged by a primary school where children are being taught about inclusivity and not separate people by there sex, race, religion? What are other people’s opinions?”

Responses include:

“Maybe the issue isn’t so much having a mums night out or dads night out, but it should be a ‘parents night out’. Does it not exclude the men by having a ladies night out, particularly if he is the only one. We need to be encouraged as stay at home Dads. Come on ladies, you know what a hard job it is.”

“It’s a regular experience for dad’s and in our village we set up a Dad’s group that is tight and inclusive, and in the end, I think the ladies looked at the way it works with some envy.”

“I’m on the PTA and there’s no way we would have a mums/ladies night without having a dads night too.”

“I’m not surprised they don’t have a ‘men’s/dads’ night but I am really surprised by their response. If it’s not something they do they should have embraced the suggestion!!”

While one person said, “Don’t moan about it. Just get on and organise one yourself for the dad’s if you’re worried. Probably spent more time moaning that it would of to organise one.”

Is your school’s PTA group inclusive of all parents and carers?

Share your comments below. 

  • I’m with the school. You want one you organise it.

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  • I agree the answer the school gave the dad was totally inappropriate and wrong.
    My daughters primary does both mothers and Father’s Day stalls but one year I noticed for Father’s Day they organised an early morning breakfast, where as Mother’s Day was a lunch/before pick up afternoon tea. To me this implied dad’s had to get to work therefore the early time, yet apparently mums had all day – or at least between lunch & 3pm. Mums work too & need to get into work before or from school drop off in the morning. Overall my daughters school offers ‘parents’ special events for many things not specifically mum or dad but that particular mothers & Father’s Day events did seem very wrong to me

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  • When they organise a specific ladies night then they should offer to do this for men as well. I can imagine that it depends on the animo whether they organise this or not, idem for the ladies night.

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  • I agree that nowadays it should be a “parent’s night”! The answer they gave this father is not satisfactory at all.


    • If you make it a parents night, either one parent has to stay home or they have to find a babysitter, which if you live in a country area isn’t always possible.

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