Friday, January 24, 2014

Non-Participating Men, Women in Poverty, & The Threat to America's Future

Courtesy of Kathie Austin Photography
Does anyone else find it curious that The Centers for Disease Control is tracking out-of-wedlock births?

In her book Men on Strike, Helen Smith discusses ways "American society has become anti-male. Men are sensing the backlash and are consciously and unconsciously going “on strike.” They are dropping out of college, leaving the workforce and avoiding marriage and fatherhood at alarming rates. The trend is so pronounced that a number of books have been written about this “man-child” phenomenon, concluding that men have taken a vacation from responsibility simply because they can. But why should men participate in a system that seems to be increasingly stacked against them?"

Meanwhile, the "Single Parent Families Threaten America's Future" article in Investor's Business Daily blog, Investors.com, claims "Today, 24% of all families are headed by single mothers. And that number is set to grow. New data from the Centers for Disease Control show that out-of-wedlock births as a share of all births was 40.7% in 2012." Moreover, "children growing up without a father in the home are four times more likely to live in poverty than children of married parents, three times more likely to end up in jail and 50% more likely to be poor as adults."

Has the pendulum swung so far against men in terms of parental rights, child support, and anti-male sentiment, as Helen Smith suggests, that the marriage cost/benefit equation for men is out of balance? Is government policy responsible for the deterioration of the American family? Any way one chooses to look at it, there appears to be a looming social and economic crisis on the horizon.

1 comment:

Teresa Edmond said...

I'm not sure if it's "curious" the CDC is tracking out-of-wedlock births. Considering the way the world is, I don't think anything is out of place anymore. However, being a single mom for years, I can say this: "single" parenthood is a misnomer. Physically, someone had to take the father's place in raising my daughter. That person was my mother. I'm finally able to move out of my mom's place and now I'm back with my daughter's father. The future is bright for all of us.

To say a child can benefit as much from being raised by one parent is a misconception. Parenthood in itself is hard, but single parenthood is no better! Having a solid family emotionally and financially starts with with the parents. Before they decide to have children, the parents should get a better understanding of what they want for themselves and from each other. Not only that, but both parents have to be willing to make positive sacrifices for the family's sake. If a person is seeking fulfillment in a relationship (whether with an adult or through a baby) instead of looking within him/herself, that person isn't ready for a family. Two people who would rather act like children shouldn't raise children.