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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Liberal Policies Have Consequences--the Breakup of the American Family

NBC News interviewed Judith Levine, who argues that poor women have lost trust in institutions and men, and that this distrust is just another form of inequality. That may be so, but it is "inequality" that is a result of these women's life choices, not imposed on them by law. In any event, I found the following statement to be interesting:

You also talk about how boyfriends and romantic partners are part of this vicious cycle.
Some low-income men are trying to do well by the women in their lives. But many women told stories of boyfriends who were violent or, in less extreme cases, were not supportive of women’s attempts to make it in the workforce, boyfriends who would promise to watch children and then would get drunk, or not show up at the last minute, which caused women to lose their jobs. Due to all these experiences, women were very hesitant to want to get married. And so they go it alone, for the most part, and they don’t have two incomes and a household, they don’t have help managing the strain of balancing work and motherhood in low-wage jobs.
What Levine is really saying is that the pool of good men has dried up. Levine comments hints that she would absolve these women from responsibility for this outcome, but their situation was the result of a series of bad life choices, each compounding the prior. They have a hard row to hoe ahead of them.

The issue of the drying of the pool of good men is complicated. I will bluntly suggest that a lot of these women probably have no interest in "good men" that would be willing to settle down with them, but that is another issue. Rather, it is the declining incentives of being a father--a topic which I have raised before. So, another article on this issue from the Christian Post (h/t Instapundit)--"From Father Knows Best to Father Doesn't Matter."

In America, roughly 39,000 suicides take place each year – 30,000 of which are committed by men. Ironically, most suicide literature will usually have a woman depicted on front with little attention paid to the mental health and wellness of men. ...

The number of American males valuing marriage is plummeting. According to Dr. Helen Smith, author of Men on Strike, approximately one-third of American men do not value marriage. Even college-degreed men, whom usually marry at a rate of over 80%, are beginning to no longer value marriage even as the number of women valuing marriage is skyrocketing. When men get married, research is proving that their connections and support groups dwindle – thus isolating them socially and emotionally. This is evident with the popular "man cave" as it is representative of how society and families now treat men. In prior decades, the man was "king of the castle" and adored for his hard work and sage advice. Today, men have become the butt of family jokes as they get the worst parts of the house where they have to carve out a nook to get a little relief and control. And, should a divorce happen, men following the Christian ideals of family life usually get hurt the most financially, emotionally, and with the loss of their own children.

Socially, men are looked down upon more than at any other time in history. Men are seen more as criminals than social pillars. ...

Verily, the greatest impact on men boycotting society has involved the future well-being of our nation's children. It is well known that fatherless children are more likely to grow up impoverished and victims of neglect, abuse, and sexual molestation at significantly higher rates. However, the true impact of fatherless homes isn't understood until the data is reviewed in greater detail.

The U.S. Department of Health notes that 63% of youth suicides come from fatherless homes – five times the normal average. The Center for Disease Control notes that 85% of all children who have mental or behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the normal average. The Journal of Family and Culture once noted an over 100% increase in juvenile self-identification as "homosexual" once a father leaves the home. Pediatrics journal noted in 2011 that homosexual teens are five times more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual teens. Fatherless teenage girls are 711% more likely to have children as a teen, 53% more likely to marry as a teen, and 92% more likely to get divorced. Over 50% of women in prison came from fatherless homes. Over two-thirds of teens in chemical dependence programs come from fatherless homes. And, according to the National Principals Association, some 71% of high school drop-outs come from fatherless homes.
 Read the whole thing.

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