By Briton Underwood of Punk Rock Papa
FLORIDA CITY—Frank Hansen, founder of Dads Against Diaper Duty, has officially left the bedroom. Citing his strong stance against changing the baby’s linens, his wife, Linda, issued the eviction notice Tuesday afternoon. Hansen, 38, father of one, had been sleeping on the couch for the six months since his son’s birth due to his strong beliefs; the eviction notice effectively made the transition permanent.
Hansen’s organization took headlines earlier this year when it went viral on the popular site PapaPals, leading to nationwide walkouts and marches of fathers against having to change dirty diapers. A survey showed an astonishing 68% of DADD members had been evicted to the couch in the past three months while another 29% had been kicked out of the house all together.
The moment has been met with resistance, however, and not just by irritated wives who are mothers.
Briton Underwood, a doctor in Good Dad Studies from PunkRockPapa University, says, “The fact is, it has been scientifically proven that no one enjoys changing diapers, regardless of gender. But because the baby grows within the female for nine months, fathers forget the thirty seconds of that drunken night that put the child there. Studies show a severe decline in afternoon delight when diaper duty isn’t shared among father and mother.”
Linda Hansen, wife of Frank Hansen, launched her own organization shortly after DADD’s rise in notoriety. Using the extra time accrued from no longer speaking to her husband, Linda founded You Made Em, You Change Em. Her organization raises awareness about the consequences of refusing diaper duty, such as abstinence, sore back from sleeping on the couch, and even lock changes on the doors while you are at work. Her group has been responsible for a hike in fathers who not only change diapers, but also offer to do things like midnight feedings.
Linda says of her husband’s group, “I support Frank. If he wants to spend the next three years sleeping on the couch and making his own dinners, then by all means. With all his new-found free time, he can hang with other dads whose wives aren’t talking to them.”
Both organizations show no signs of going anywhere as support continues to mount. The most recent public endorser of DADD, Donald Trump, has pledged to send patted down goose feather pillows to all DADD members.
Trump isn’t the only politician weighing in. With the presidential primaries heating up, Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton recently sent an email to You Made Em, You Change Em. Unfortunately, it was sent from her private server, and any trace has since been unrecoverable. A representative of Clinton stated this was normal procedure and the email had nothing confidential in it but could not specify the content past it being a letter of “support.”
Linda and Frank’s 6-month-old son, Zac Hansen, could not be reached for comment.
About the Author
Briton Underwood, better known as Punk Rock Papa, is a parent above all else. When he gets sick of being at their beck and call he likes to escape to his page or site. He writes about any and everything he wants, but mainly about his twin boys or his newest addition- another boy. He also would like the world to know he has a beautiful wife, because the couch isn’t that comfy. You can find more from him on Facebook and Twitter.