March 21, 2013

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.

Posted by Darleen @ 7:30am

Comments (12)

  1. Not just dads, parents who care.

    One of my favorite anecdotes is when I was at the award ceremony for my daughter. She got “Student of the Year” (again) and of course I was there to see it. What struck me is that every kid getting an award had parents in the audience, parents that I recognized because they were always there at their kids functions.

    I’m lucky that I’m a computer programmer so my schedule is flexible. I realize not every dad can be like me (or even better, like Jeff who gets to stay at home), but simply taking some time away from playing Xbox or going out drinking with friends and instead spending that time with your kids makes a MASSIVE difference in their lives.

  2. Blaming men for womens relationship dysfunctions and hypergamy. They just can’t not do it.

  3. But reality keeps getting in the way

    Therefore it must be destroyed. Where’s Davros and his reality bomb when you need it?

  4. Yes, well, struggling to fail to understand is also news. Or is it? Harvey and Naomi have — or don’t have — a conversation.

  5. It makes me smile to know that even when they identify our competitive advantage, they’re incapable of doing anything to close the gap.

    Keep singing, grasshoppers! Go ahead and laugh at us ants! Haha, silly ants — always working hard and saving and deferring their personal gratification!

  6. poor tripp with his hook-up culture mommy

    he never really had a chance

  7. Sorta on (the fungibility) topic: two dads are better than none, just as good as one.

  8. It is better to be adopted by same-sex parents than to be raised in an orphanage or the foster-care system.

    Yes. Doy. However.

    It is not better than having two mothers (it’s roughly the same).

    It is not better than having only a mother.

    It is not better than having only a father.

    By the time we figure this out through experience, it will be too late to undo any damage done, as has been the case with all our family-busting experiments.

    Humanity sux.

  9. I await SMoD’s not-so-gentle correction to our condition. Time to hit the reset button.

  10. I don’t think impactors want shit to do with our fail planet. They don’t want to join. Even the one that buzzed Russia didn’t want to reach the ground.

  11. Fortunately, Tripp didn’t have a grandma who preceded momma down that road… unlike the nishi generation.