December 19, 2006, - 12:54 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Is it a case of male Stockholm Syndrome? Are fathers finally believing the hype that they are not necessary in children’s lives? The way the press, like USA Today, have been covering it, it’s a story Rosie O’Donnell and Kelly and “Baby Momma” Fantasia Barrino would love.
But, wait–not so fast.
USA Today (print edition) and other media sources reported that a survey by the National Fatherhood Initiative, “Pop’s Culture: A National Survey of Dads’ Attitudes on Fathering,” a majority of fathers think they are replaceable. Specifically (and sadly):
* 53% of fathers surveyed agreed that, absent an involved father,
a mother can be just as effective in preparing a child to be a well-adjusted and productive adult.
* 57% of fathers surveyed agreed that
a male role model, such as a teacher or family friend, can be an adequate substitute.
The survey was conducted among 701 men 18 or older with at least one biological or adopted child.
USA Today’s print edition even featured the headline “Fathers Say Their Roles Can Be Filled.”
That’s interesting. But looking at the 30-page study, itself, tells a different story than the Mainstream Media claims. But a breakdown of responses by age and education shows that the younger, Kevin Federline-style idiots without a high school diploma (or with just a HS diploma) comprised the bulk of the absurd responses to every question:
* 91% of the respondents agreed that there is a father-absence crisis in the country, but strong agreement varied considerably among the different kinds of respondents, being relatively low among the very young, the less religious, and those in high-income households.
* 81% of the surveyed fathers agreed that men generally perform better as fathers if they are married to the mothers of their children. Fifty-seven percent “strongly agreed” and only eight percent “strongly disagreed.” The respondents less inclined to support the importance of marriage to good fathering include those low in religiosity, the youngest respondents, and those not married to the mothers of their child or children. The relatively low support for marriage among the youngest respondents is consistent with results from other surveys that suggest a decline in pro-marriage attitudes.
The good news: America’s fathers don’t buy Rosie O’Donnell’s arguments. The bad news: The younger and less educated they are (the growing segment of America’s fathers), the more they buy into it.
Are fathers replaceable? No way. And it figures that the Justin Timberlake style idiots of the world believe otherwise.
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