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2022-01-14 16:30:04

It's mostly women who birth and feed babies, and therefore it is mostly women who are too often left to choose between healing from birth and adequately caring for their newborn, or a paycheck. It's a choice few would want to make, and yet the vast majority of new moms are put in that position and suffer. As a result, women are more likely to get angry, and then more likely get loud.

But men also stand to benefit from paid parental leave. Spending time with one's child and partner in the early days can have psychological, physical and even professional benefits in the long-run. Paid leave should be their fight, too.

CNN spoke to Reddit cofounder, venture capitalist and paid leave advocate Alexis Ohanian -- also known as husband to professional tennis player Serena Williams and -- about why leave is good for men, why they should be fighting for leave, and why they are reluctant to speak up.

Alexis Ohanian: I didn't grow up with any younger siblings, and I had never been around a baby, or conceived of being around a baby, until I was a dad. Paternity leave is how I got confident being around kids, because I got to spend that time learning and making mistakes and figuring it out.

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