Child support payments extend separated fathers’ male breadwinning role across households, likely fuelling fathers’ perceptions of ‘unfairness’. By examining fathers’ written submissions to an Australian inquiry, we examine fathers’ claims of unfairness, which were expressed in terms of gender inequality. Here, we show how fathers adopted a gender equality discourse that left intact the existing gender order. Through expectations for equal treatment, men claimed the child support system would produce equality of outcomes, namely eliminating the redistributive need for child support payments. In doing so, fathers’ qualified support for gender equality advantaged men as payers while further entrenching gender inequity.
|Number of pages||24|
|Journal||Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society|
|Early online date||8 May 2018|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2019|
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- child support; feminist policy analysis; gender equality; gender equity; male breadwinner model; separated fathers
Christine Bridget Skinner
- Social Policy and Social Work - Professor, Former employee