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A few days ago I was trying to explain to a friend why I find the upcoming children's movie Mars Needs Moms problematic. As far as I can tell, the entire premise of the movie is that aliens from Mars are abducting moms from Earth to raise their own children. In the previews and commercials, the protagonist asks the aliens where he can find his mother and tells them, you know, she's the one who vacuums. I mentioned that if I were a dad, I would be kind of pissed off. He dismissed my concerns, asserting that he didn't think dads really cared about that stuff. I declined to mention all those crazed "men's rights" groups that seem to be made up of angry single dads. I tried to point out that

1) It establishes the mother as responsible for household work and child care
2) It neglects the role of the father

He just thought it was a dumb kids' movie that hit the Uncanny Valley too hard. But the commercials are ramping up as the movie approaches its release date and every time I see it, it pisses me the fuck off. It plays into a system that not only relegates women to a domestic role but trivializes mens' parental contribution. Anti-feminism hurts men too, but apparently I'm bumming people out so I should just shut up and enjoy the movie. Ugh.

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NATO takes over command of military operations in Libya

[b]NATO is taking over command of military operations in Libya from coalition forces, world media reported Sunday.[/b]

The UN Security Council imposed the no-fly zone over Libya on March 17, along with ordering "all necessary measures" to protect civilians from Muammar Gaddafi's attacks on rebel-held towns.

The 28 NATO ambassadors met on Sunday to decide on further military plans in Libya.

The United States transfers command for a no-fly zone over Libya to NATO, while coalition forces will continue to protect civilian population from attacks by Gaddafi forces.

The military operation in Libya, codenamed Odyssey Dawn, has been conducted so far jointly by 13 states, including the United States, Britain and France.

NATO members decided on Thursday to assume responsibility for the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya, but could not agree on taking full command of all military operations in the country.

Meanwhile, leaders of the 27 European Union states on Thursday issued a statement saying the EU stood ready to assist in building a new Libya "in cooperation with the United Nations, the Arab League, the African Union and others."

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti)

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