BREAKING NEWS!! Dads do matter!! [Darleen Click]
The relentless march of Leftism through American institutions includes the accepted wisdom that men and women are fungible. “Gender” (sex), we Hobbits are lectured, bullied or threaten about, is merely a social construct of The Patriarchy™. Gender distinctions are to be stomped out or blurred.
But reality keeps getting in the way
WASHINGTON — The decline of two-parent households may be a significant reason for the divergent fortunes of male workers, whose earnings generally declined in recent decades, and female workers, whose earnings generally increased, a prominent labor economist argues in a new survey of existing research.
David H. Autor, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that the difference between men and women, at least in part, may have roots in childhood. Only 63 percent of children lived in a household with two parents in 2010, down from 82 percent in 1970. The single parents raising the rest of those children are predominantly female. And there is growing evidence that sons raised by single mothers “appear to fare particularly poorly,” Professor Autor wrote in an analysis for Third Way, a center-left policy research organization.
This appears in The New York Times, albeit in the business section and lots of qualifications, including this little bon mot at the end …
But some experts cautioned that Professor Autor’s theory did not necessarily imply that such children would benefit from the presence of their fathers.
“Single-parent families tend to emerge in places where the men already are a mess,” said Christopher Jencks, a professor of social policy at Harvard University. “You have to ask yourself, ‘Suppose the available men were getting married to the available women? Would that be an improvement?’ ”
Instead of making marriage more attractive, he said, it might be better for society to help make men more attractive.
Any one casually observing our hook-up society, where unwed births account for more than 50% of births to moms under 30 years old, would see “attractiveness” isn’t the issue.
Expectations (aka standards) are.