Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Sous-Chefs

In today’s Dear Abby column, a mom writes in asking Abby if she is giving her son the gay.

My husband, “Ron,” and I are at odds over parenting our 7-year-old son, “Brett.” My husband is very domestic. He cooks like a world-class chef and does more housework than any man I know of.

I have read Dr. James Dobson’s books on family. He clearly states that a father should be the manly role model for the son, to prevent the son from being homosexual. I’m concerned that Brett will learn feminine ways from my husband and turn out to be gay. How can I convince Ron that he needs to teach Brett the more manly things in life? — WORRIED MOM IN FLORIDA

Good lord, I’d never thought about this. Now fear grips my heart. I’m not sure what to do; the only thing I can think to do is turn to Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips.


My son, “Eli,” likes to play tea party with our cups. He often tells my wife, “Misty,” that her jewelry looks “cuuuute.” He’s a fan of Burt’s Bees, and loves to try on shoes. In the mornings when we’re getting ready, he plays with Misty’s eyelash curler and powder brushes. Given all of this, what kind of dance class should I enroll him in? — FABULOUS FATHER IN ALABAMA

3 thoughts on “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Sous-Chefs

  1. Wow. It’s such a good thing I don’t answer Dear Abby’s mail. Because my reply would have been a lot less mild than the one she gave.

    I wonder, if she thinks all this cooking and housework is too “feminine” for a man, why does she approve of her husband doing it? Or does she–maybe she worries she inadvertantly married a gay man?

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