Fatherless families were also at least partly responsible for a national breakdown in authority and rising levels of crime. My view was backed in 1992 when three influential social scientists with impeccable Left-wing pedigrees produced a damning report. From their research, they concluded that children in fractured families tend to suffer more ill-health, do less well at school, are more likely to be unemployed, more prone to criminal behaviour and to repeat as adults the same cycle of unstable parenting. But instead of welcoming this analysis as identifying a real problem, the Left turned on the authors, branding them as evil Right-wingers for being ‘against single mothers’. -Melanie Phillips
The burden of social science evidence supports the idea that gender-differentiated parenting is important for human development and that the contribution of fathers to childrearing is unique and irreplaceable... We should disavow the notion that “mommies can make good daddies,” just as we should disavow the popular notion . . . that “daddies can make good mommies.” . . . The two sexes are different to the core, and each is necessary—culturally and biologically—for the optimal development of a human being. -David Popenoe (H/T Ryan T. Anderson)
In his book Fatherless America, David Blankenhorn writes that “across societies, married fatherhood is the single most reliable, and relied upon, prescription for socializing males. As marriage weakens, more and more men become isolated and estranged from their children and from the mother of their children. One result, in turn, is the spread of male violence.” -Russell Nieli
Character, Degeneracy, Funny, Narrative, Oops
“Octomom” Nadya Suleman’s forays into stripping and porn haven’t just been “empowering” for the mother of 14 – they’ve been lucrative. After taking it off in strip clubs and performing in a XXX video titled “Octomom Home Alone,” Suleman is no longer on welfare, TMZ reported. Suleman had filed to receive public assistance in March, after previously vowing that she would never go on welfare, and qualified for $2,000 per month in food money from the state of California for herself and her large family.
Editorial, Liberal, Narrative
The social-science evidence is in: though it may benefit the adults involved, the dissolution of intact two-parent families is harmful to large numbers of children. Moreover, the author argues, family diversity in the form of increasing numbers of single-parent and stepparent families does not strengthen the social fabric but, rather, dramatically weakens and undermines society. -Barbara Dafoe Whitehead
Liberal, Narrative, Oops
Estimates vary widely, but scholars have said that changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes in individual earnings — may account for as much as 40 percent of the growth in certain measures of inequality.