Suzanne Venker: “Mom’s Can’t Be Dads, Too:”
According to the Census Bureau, over 24 million children in America live in father-absent homes. The results are mind-boggling. “Virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherlessness: violent crime, drug and alcohol abuse, truancy, teen pregnancy, suicide. All correlate more strongly to fatherlessness than to any other single factor,” writes Stephen Baskerville in “The Politics of Fatherhood.
Fatherlessness hurts sons and daughters, of course. But I’m focusing on males for several reasons. (1) Our culture spends enough time on women and girls and not nearly enough on boys and men. (2) Males are different from females in that they have a propensity to act out on their personal pain, and society suffers as a result. Women’s pain is more internally focused. (3) Boys are ‘men in the making’ and are therefore harmed by fatherlessness in a primal and unique way.
UPDATE: Well, it looks like the tolerant folks at the “Good Men’s Project” took Suzanne’s piece down. I guess with a name like the “Good Men’s Project,” it was only a matter of time. Here is what they said:
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