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Fathers, Fatherhood and Fatherhood Issues

Table of Contents

Family Issues

Fatherhood

Fatherhood after the destruction of families

Fatherlessness or Father Absence

Fathers Now and Then — a collection of articles by people writing about fathers and their fathers

Thoughts on Fathers Day

History

Paternity fraud

Restitution for Paternity Fraud

The Making of a Knight: Boy Wanted

The Politics of Fatherhood

Other Resources at this Web Site

Other Resources elsewhere on the Net

Family Issues

Quoted from the article:

"All sorts of social pathologies, from violence, to substance abuse, to teen pregnancy, to suicide, can be traced to fatherless families. To deal with this, Congress is now preparing to enact Bush administration proposals to promote healthy marriages. This gives the impression that politicians are addressing a problem that has become too conspicuous to ignore. In fact, they are avoiding it. The very agencies asked to promote healthy marriages have for decades been entrenched in the divorce and child-support system, which depends on the breakup of marriages....

If we truly wish to restore marriage, we must change not males but laws. Yet we are refusing to face this politically unpleasant truth and filling the public payroll with therapists and police."

It is absolutely not wrong to,

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the LORD your God gives you  —Exodus 20:12

Both, children and parents benefit greatly from being in each others' lives, under the same roof.  Both lose much if they aren't.

Fatherhood

  • DIVERSITY OR TRAGEDY, by Dale O'Leary
    An analysis of the article "Deconstructing the Essential Father", by Laura Silverstein and Carl Auerbach, American Psychologist, July 1999

Fatherhood after the destruction of families

Fatherlessness or Father Absence

  • Study report: [US] Taxpayer Costs of Divorce and Unwed Childbearing: at least $112 billion a year (2008, Institute for American Values; Georgia Family Council; Institute for Marriage and Public Policy, and Families Northwest)

  • Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family
    By Rebecca O'Neill; Sept. 2002, CIVITAS

    It's Official: The Experiment Has Failed

    For the best part of thirty years we have been conducting a vast experiment with the family, and now the results are in : the decline of the two-parent, married-couple family has resulted in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, anti-social behaviour, isolation and social exclusion for thousands of women, men and children.

    — Rebecca O'Neill

Quoted from the conclusion of the discussion paper:

Growing up with a single parent harms children for three primary reasons: A disrupted family usually has fewer financial resources to devote to children's upbringing and education, less time and energy to nurture and supervise children, and reduced access to community resources that can supplement and support parents' efforts. Fortunately, none of these factors are beyond the control of parents and society. Thus, to the extent that parents and government can address these risk factors, the effect of father absence on children's wellbeing could be significantly softened....

Note by Fathers for Life: Although the discussion paper presents a fairly good analysis of the consequences of father absence, the primary solution seen by Sara McLanahan for addressing the consequences of father absence is to bring about more and stronger child support enforcement.  That is in addition to ensuring more secure financial circumstances (out of tax revenues) for single-mother families.
   Not once does the discussion paper mention, let alone critique, the deplorable drive to systematically destroy the traditional nuclear family and to eliminate the presence of fathers in children's lives.

  • In what year was the study done that showed that even male college students responded as readily and accurately to baby cries as women?

  • Who conducted the 1998 study that found that the reason women initiate over twice the divorces as men was the expectation of winning sole custody?

  • What would be your 10 points for forming a co-parenting plan?

See the fatherhood site for the answers to those questions.

Fathers Now and Then — a collection of articles by people writing about fathers and their fathers

  • My Dad — I always thought of him as a patriarch. He was — living from 1886 to 1952 — a product of the Victorian Age.
    By Walter Schneider

  • The New Dads — excerpt from a speech by Judy Anderson, president of REAL Women, Toronto, May 26, 1997

Thoughts on Fathers Day

  • Fathers Day 1998

VAWA II Must Be Stopped
An article by Erin Pizzey, written in response to remarks by Professor Ruth Wisse, from Harvard, about women's liberation for Fathers Day 1998

Mythopoetics Fatherlessness and Robert Bly

A message to my daughters

Fatherhood A letter by Eeva Sodhi to DHHS

In the letter Eeva Sodhi calls for the replacement of the term "responsible fatherhood" in the US president's Fathers' Day message with the term "responsible motherhood," as she explains that mothers within and outside of marriage are the gate-keepers to fatherhood.

The systematic deconstruction of the family and nation(s) June 15, 2008

For some, Father's Day is a sad and bitter occasion, by David Warren, The Ottawa Citizen, Published: Sunday, June 15, 2008 (You may wish to download that article for as long as it is accessible that won't be forever.)

Fathers Day for elderly men June 14, 2008

History

Paternity fraud

If paternity fraud were a "one in a million event," we might shrug and say that the random strike of paternity fraud is no worse than the random strike of lightning. The reality is that the lowest estimates of the number of paternity fraud victims [in the USA] are in the tens of thousands, and I believe that the number may be in excess of one million. The scandal is that the child support enforcement bureaucracy has consciously chosen to make no attempt to quantify the problem.

Ronald K. Henry

The Politics of Fatherhood

  • Political activism by fathers — What should be the goal for fathers or for men who wish to become fathers?

  • The Politics of Fatherhood, by Stephen Baskerville, Ph.D.
    Ph.D., Howard University; peer-reviewed article in PS: Political Science and Politics, vol. 35, no. 4 (December 2002).

...Virtually every major social pathology has been linked to fatherlessness: violent crime, drug and alcohol abuse, truancy, teen pregnancy, suicide—all correlate more strongly to fatherlessness than to any other single factor. The majority of prisoners, juvenile detention inmates, high school dropouts, pregnant teenagers, adolescent murderers, and rapists all come from fatherless homes. The connection is so strong that controlling for fatherlessness erases the relationships between race and crime and between low income and crime....

....Fatherlessness and the judicial–bureaucratic machinery connected with it have grown up together as increasingly worldwide phenomena....

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Other Resources at this Web Site

Fatherhood

Fatherlessness

Fathers

Group Instinct

Sexuality

Domestic Relations

Domestic Violence

Child Abuse

Homosexuality

Other Resources

Responsible Fatherhood Management Information System: Main Page — Guidebook [US DHHS]


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Posted 2002 12 06
Updates:
2002 12 15 (added index table to page)
2003 07 08 (added reference to Stephen Baskerville's expose on The Federal Bureau of Marriage?)
2003 08 10 (added reference to Lesbianism for Older Women)
2004 12 12 (page reformated)
2006 03 04 (added link to Feminism for Male College Students)
2007 10 17 (added reference to Father Absence and the Welfare of Children)
2008 06 15 (added links to Thoughts on Fathers Day)