Turns out the viral "Daddy's Sticker Chart" was actually created five years ago and was intended to be a joke all along.
We'd like to think that in 2019, we live in a world where men and women are treated equally. Sadly, that is still not the case. However, we are a lot closer to that goal than we were 30, 20, and even 10 years ago. Things like "Daddy's Sticker Chart," which went viral on social media recently, show that we might still have a long way to go.
The chart, originally posted by Facebook page Baby Sideburns, features a number of chores for "daddy." If he completes a chore, he gets a sticker. Collect enough stickers, and the dad gets a reward. There are a number of things wrong with this whole thing. The child-like nature of the chart which includes extremely adult rewards, and the implication that men should be rewarded for doing things they should be doing anyway.
The internet has quite rightly been outraged by the chart and has been voicing its collective opinion. However, upon closer inspection, CafeMom noticed something. The aforementioned name of the page that first posted the photo, Baby Sideburns. For those unfamiliar with the page, it is run by a mom, Karen Alpert, whose posts are normally intended to be humorous and entertaining as opposed to deadly serious.
Alpert's response when asked if the chart was something she and her husband seriously made use of? That she "would never have used a sticker chart with rewards like this for real." The whole thing was a joke and what's more, it was originally posted five years ago. "Sexy time doesn't happen because someone completes a sticker chart," she assured CafeMom and its readers.
If you approach this whole situation from a certain stance, it is actually a sign that society has come a long way in a short space of time. When Alpert first posted the chart back in 2014, pretty much all of the comments were about how funny they found the idea. That its reemergence sparked outrage just five years later is a sign that most of us, whether male or female, won't stand for this sort of thing any longer.