A Short Case for Why Feminism Hurts Children
The disintegration of the two-parent family is the greatest long-term threat to American prosperity and cultural health. Nearly half of all births in the Millennial Generation (18- to 33-year-olds) occur outside of marriage; the national average is 41%. Children raised by single mothers fail in school and commit crime at much higher rates than children raised by both parents. These children’s social skills—needed to become productive, self-sufficient adults—are weaker on average. Single-parent households are far more likely to be poor and dependent on government assistance. But more consequential than the risks to individual children is the cultural pathology of regarding fathers as an optional appendage for child-rearing. A society that fails to teach its young males that they are unambiguously responsible for their offspring will have a hard time inculcating other fundamental duties. Unfortunately, family breakdown isn’t amenable to public-policy solutions, since it results from something more profound than misguided tax structure or welfare rules. Though many factors are at play, the biggest culprit is feminism’s devaluing of males and the conceit that “strong women” can do it all. Reversing the trend of fatherlessness will require public figures, from President Obama on down, to violate feminist taboos and start speaking at every opportunity about the essential contributions that fathers make to the formation of their children. Family decline will be stemmed only when it is widely understood that care provided by both biological parents is the most powerful social and economic advantage that any child can enjoy.
Indra K. Nooyi, is a strong women and a pretty damn smart one: she’s the CEO of Pespsico. Here is frank talk that will drive feminists insane: Nooyi says women can’t have it all:
“I don’t think women can have it all. I just don’t think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all. My husband and I have been married for 34 years. And we have two daughters. And every day you have to make a decision about whether you are going to be a wife or a mother, in fact many times during the day you have to make those decisions. And you have to co-opt a lot of people to help you. We co-opted our families to help us. We plan our lives meticulously so we can be decent parents. But if you ask our daughters, I’m not sure they will say that I’ve been a good mom. I’m not sure. And I try all kinds of coping mechanisms.”
And if that didn’t make you feel a pit in your stomach, watch this commercial that some feminists who advise GE advertising thinks is going to sell GE products. Pay attention to the little girl who is somberly talking about her mother working at GE….the little girl who is alone and abandoned, in frame after frame (of course, no mention of dad): All Catholic men should be wiling to reassert their God-given responsibilities to protect and defend their children, even when to do so results in being slurred by totalitarian thugs (or thugettes). To raise a nation of healthy and happy children, men must marry their girlfriends, love their wives and be willing to die to teach and defend their children.
Men must turn from their own selfishness to have the sacrificial heart of a Priest, Prophet and King of their families.
And wipe away the tears.