-- the TV dad with a fondness for being fat, lazy, beer drinking and bowling
-- is being praised as a role model for modern fathers
That's what an international conference on fatherhood was told yesterday
as experts discussed the pressures facing modern dads.
Viewers of the television favorite may raise an eyebrow when the concept
of Homer as a near-perfect dad is suggested, but at least one academic
said he certainly had the credentials.
Charlie Lewis, professor of family and development psychology at England's
Lancaster University, said people should put aside Homer's love of beer,
bad food and even his employment at a nuclear plant.
In this day and age they should look at the love and loyalty Homer gives
"In many households, like the Simpsons, the father is a rather benign
figure who comes in from work late at night," Professor Lewis said.
"The main place where such fathers interact with their children is
in front of the telly -- much like Homer.
"Homer is a very good western cultural icon for fathers."
Professor Harris said Homer must also be praised for his willingness to
drive his children to social engagements in his own time.
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November 20, '99