Mike Rowe Comes to the Defense of Fathers in America
It's all so on trend to attack fathers and fatherhood these days. If it wasn't for the patriarchy (see Professor Says You’re Sexist and Promote Patriarchy by… Eating Meat? and Feminist Cafe Fights the Patriarchy. By Being Super Sexist…), feminists would have nothing to talk about. Except for cheesecake. Maybe yoga pants. Possibly last week's episode of Grey's Anatomy.
Mike Rowe thought about the dad disrespect as he was promoting a new episode of "Returning the Favor." The full post is on his Facebook page. This is the steak and potatoes. Vegans triggered by that metaphor can suck it.
A couple years ago, when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were getting divorced, Jolie was quoted as saying, "It never even crossed my mind that my son would need a father."
I was struck by her comment, and I remember wondering how many other Americans might share her view. At the time, I didn’t think many. But today, I’m convinced the number is significant. I'm also amazed at how quickly fatherhood has fallen out of favor. Can you imagine a celebrity - or anyone for that matter - saying such a thing just twenty years ago?
It occurred to me though, half way through filming, that bullying – like so many other social ills in today’s headlines – isn’t really a problem at all; it’s a symptom. In my view, a symptom of a society that seems to value fatherhood less and less.
- 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes – 5 times the average. (US Dept. Of Health/Census)
- 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
- 85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes – 20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)
- 80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes – 14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403-26)
- 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes – 9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)
- 43% of US children live without their father [US Department of Census]
Something to think about. We should revisit this in June when leftists wish single moms a Happy Fathers Day.
If I might be so bold, there's a reason it takes two to tango in the physical act of love. If children needed only their mothers to raise them, maybe women would always conceive immaculately. As far as we can tell, it's only happened once. Even then, the child wrapped in swaddling clothes had an adoptive, human father. Maybe you've heard about this. It's kind of a well-documented case, covered in a few "books" in a larger book. Google it.
Even still, looking at this not from a religious sense, men and women are different. I know, the mind reels. Women and men, therefore, have different lessons to impart to their children. Different parenting styles. Different, but still important, methods of raising children. To just assume that papa bear is irrelevant because baby bear came squirting out of a mother, is... well a little gross because of the imagery, but also false. Children need their fathers. Children want fathers. This shouldn't be controversial.
Crowder actually spoke to someone from SMU who addressed concerns as he was about to become a father. You should watch it: