There Is Now a Magazine for Hipster Dads


You’ve been clamoring for it, yes? Spent the past few years in an Amadeus-like artistic flurry, feverishly dashing off letters to every single media influencer you can find, beseeching them — beseeching the gods themselves — to please, please, start a hipster parenting magazine… for dads? Well, either way, someone made one.

This month sees the launch of Kindling Quarterly, a Brooklyn-based magazine for yes, the hipster dad. Their mission statement is as follows:

Kindling Quarterly is an exploration of fatherhood. Through essays, interviews, editorials, art, and photography we highlight creative individuals whose work and lives are inseparable from their role as a parent. There is no shortage of familiar portrayals of dads in media yet we aim to present a thoughtful dialogue about fatherhood that is missing from our cultural landscape. Men who are active caregivers are not a novelty and we do not depict them as such. While the subjects of our stories are fathers, each issue appeals to anyone interested in art, creativity, and community. Kindling Quarterly playfully assesses and celebrates the multitude of experiences that form contemporary fatherhood.”

While a cursory look at the cover, layout, headlines, and mission statement makes it constitutionally impossible to refer to this as anything other than “the hipster dad magazine,” the whole thing doesn’t seem so wildly unreasonable. After all, tens of thousands of words per day are dedicated to every single aspect of both hipster and non-hipster mom-ing, so it’s not a crazy leap of the imagination to assume that there are some dads out there who’d be interested in a little more dialogue focused on the world of dad-ing.

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  1. I’d be more sympathetic to your bashing post-structuralism if the name of the magazine, which appears to imply that these fathers think of their children as the burning embers from which they will ignite a perpetual adolescence, wasn’t such a perfect representation of the return of the repressed.

  2. Why the snark towards a magazine that focuses on a little explored topic in the media: Intelligent, educated, philosophical men that happen to be dads?

    You would think that a counter archetype to the “Al Bundy” trope of fatherhood would be a breathe of fresh air.

    Perhaps the introduction of a men’s magazine that does not include a near naked woman on the cover, or a sexualized weapon or gadget representing “manliness,” offers the opportunity to build common ground to start a very real conversation about the role of men in society.

    Cynicism and snobbishness does much to direct or destroy a conversation, when in this case a hopeful curiosity would be more powerful.

    You must be very proud of your education and privileged point of view to be arbiter of acceptable fatherhood and dad fashion.

    Thanks for the discovery. I am sharing a direct link to the Kindling website to all my parent friends as you added little to the conversation.

    I do not consider your peculiar brand of sexism, and lifestyle bigotry to be worth sharing.