Background: In my recent blog post If You See a Father Holding His Child’s Hand, Call the Cops!, I called attention to the man-bashing Virginia Department of Health poster pictured above. I wrote:

“If dad goes for a walk with his daughter and holds her hand, apparently Virginia Department of Health officials wants you to pick up the phone and destroy his life by reporting him as a possible sexual abuser. I would’ve thought this article about this campaign was from The Onion or some satirical publication, but it’s for real. The picture above of a man holding a child’s hand–a touching little scene–is actually supposed to make us think he’s sexually abusing the child. Unbelievable.”

Rush Limbaugh saw my commentary on the issue and covered it on his nationally-syndicated broadcast–to read the transcript of his comments or to listen to the radio archive, click here. A Virginia newspaper recently covered the controversy–see Health department ad riles the right.

It would be hard to find anything more shocking and anti-male than the poster above, but one of the Virginia Department of Health’s radio ads might do it. The ad features a woman who calls the sexual abuse hotline and explains her concern–“I work a few nights a week, and those nights my husband bathes Lucy and puts her to bed.” No, I’m not joking–listen to the radio ad here.

A woman should call the authorities because (gasp) on the nights she works, her husband bathes their little daughter and puts her to bed! I guess by that standard, most of us dads should be turned in, including me. (As an aside, one wonders–someone has to give the little girl her bath and put her to bed, if mom isn’t there, who is supposed to do it? Maybe mom is supposed to hire a female babysitter/guard to keep an eye on dad).

Another annoying aspect of the ad is the super “compassionate” female child sexual abuse helpline worker. When she gently, sympathetically says, “Let’s talk about some possible next steps,” what she really means is, “let me gently walk you through the process of destroying your husband’s life.”

The ad does have one truth in it–at one point the mother says, “I’ve known this man for 20 years, I feel horrible even thinking these things.” You got that right, lady.,  Glenn Sacks

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