MPs go on the attack against hapless Homer
like ‘boys will be boys’, ‘boys don’t cry’, people get told to ‘man up’ as if showing some kind of emotion is a sign of weakness.”
She added: “Men’s role as fathers is an incredibly important role that has often been dismissed and undermined.
“You just look at some of the stereotypes in popular culture, the Homer Simpson type of dads just being hapless not being able to be up to the job.
“Breast feeding aside, there is nothing that women can do as parents that men cannot do.”
Tory minister Mr Gibb said: “We have all seen adverts showing how men are incapable of doing the dishes, who need a woman to step in to take over.
“Although light-hearted, these adverts can reinforce damaging stereotypes which can affect how we view men’s and women’s roles.”