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There is a bit of controversy in our local paper over a online moms club... the club is for moms and it as social networking site for moms...forums...games...messages..
advertising...you know the type. Basically a online support for moms where they can share, and get support form other moms.

Well, according to the paper, a Dad emailed in to join the club and all heck broke loose. Many people did not feel comfortable with a guy in the club.

The controversy has opened the question about legal rights / discrimation on the web.

So, what do you think? Should dads be able to join moms clubs....or moms join in on dads?

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I am on a web site for moms and some dads do join. They occasionally post on the main forums, which I am alright with. I have seen men "trolling" for single moms and it is so obvious. The moms at the site I am on are very protective and will protect others if need be. It all depends too- there is a moms group that talks about sex and we close it off to men to keep the comfort level there. I guess it depends on what the site or group is trying to accomplish.
I think dads face different challenges than moms - whether they stay home or work. But in the end we're all parents doing the hardest job on earth. I think it's OK as long as they are upfront about being a dad. Maybe more dad communities will crop up as a result.
Nope. Moms clubs are for moms, dads clubs are for dads, parents clubs are for both moms and dads. Women and men are different, I should know, I'm in a house full of testosterone! I agree with Deb--dads face different challenges than moms. I think in order for dads to get the best possible support it would be from other dads facing those same challenges.
Isn't that the whole reason behind why a mom's club or a dad's club was started? Each were started specifically for that parenting group to socailize within there gender - dads with men, moms with women. Jessica made a statement about there being "more mom social clubs then dad social clubs." One way to fix that is to possibly have a few of the more successful mom's clubs mirror their project and create a club for the dads.

It is really difficult sometimes to know the motives behind why a dad, or mom for that matter, would want to a join a club created for the opposite parent gender. I'm not saying there is any bad motive, it could be completely for help in understanding the parenting ideas of the opposite parent. But, what if it is to do what Susan had mentioned, "trolling for a single parent."

It is sad that we keep the boundaries for that reason - harm - but it is why the various groups are started. Maybe there should be a test of a 'co-ed' type group similar to Mom Bloggers Club - a Parent Bloggers Club - or something like that just to see how the mix might work.

Dannie

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