Category Archives: Fatherlessness

The “Mystery Measure” That Lifts Children

The “Mystery Measure” That Lifts Children by Dr. Ned Holstein (This article first appeared in the commission newsletter, The Proposal.) Despite the 50-year War on Poverty, the social safety net, and the War on Drugs, poverty and social dysfunction of … Continue reading

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Bringing an End to Custody Battles at the Holidays for the Good of the Children

From Jim Ellis interviewing Dianna Thompson in The Legacy: Many in society are aware of the prevalence of divorce and have a general idea of the impact on children. The landscape of fatherless homes is harsh, as shown by the statistics. … Continue reading

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Family Structure and the Gender Gap

Following on an earlier post, the concerns about fatherless America 20 years ago, here is more recent data summarized by W. Bradford Wilcox in National Review: On October 14, Princeton University and Brookings released a new issue of The Future of Children, focused … Continue reading

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A review of “Fatherless America”

A review of “Fatherless America” by Chester E. Finn in Commentary:  And as for the now-absent biological father, even when he provides financial support and regularly visits his progeny, Blankenhorn is brutally candid: “The end of co-residency and the rupture … Continue reading

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The Boy Crisis: A Sobering Look at the State of our Boys

Warren Farrell Ph.D. discusses the Boy Crisis at TEDxMarin. A few highlights: “If our very survival has been dependent on our sons’ willingness to die for us, then being sensitive to male death competes with our survival instinct.” “Dad deprived boys … Continue reading

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Could Fathers Be the Key to Preventing Bullying?

From Could Fathers Be the Key to Preventing Bullying? by Anna Sutherland in Institute for Family Studies Blog  But as the researchers note, many of the studies in this sphere focus on mothers rather than fathers; there is a “notable void … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Social Workers

From Tom Golden at MenAreGood, “An Open Letter to Social Workers“, part 1: In the 1980’s and 1990’s, when I worked as a psychotherapist with many traumatized men and women, it was clear that society’s focus was to help women … Continue reading

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Don’t Sell Fathers Short

Fathers are as crucial to a child’s well being as a mother by Barbara Kay in the National Post. It is true that fathers abandon or are exiled by family court from their children “all the time,” as Jon notes. … Continue reading

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Boy Trouble

An overview of what we call The Boy Crisis, Boy Trouble by Kay S. Hymowitz in City Journal, 2013:  When I started following the research on child well-being about two decades ago, the focus was almost always girls’ problems—their low self-esteem, lax … Continue reading

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Two articles on the connection between fatherlessness and mass shootings.

From “Fatherlessness Common Among 2013 School Shooters” at Women of Grace: Again, he cites the research of eminent sociologist David Popenoe who wrote: “ . . . (F)athers are important to their sons as role models. They are important for maintaining authority … Continue reading

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Terry Brennan interviewed re: a White House Council on Boys and Men

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Warren speaking with Rand Paul about a White House Council on Boys and Men

When the White House created only a White House Council on Women and Girls in 2009, it left out the other half of the family: Boys and Men. Dr. Warren Farrell organized national leaders into a coalition to create a … Continue reading

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The Importances of having a White House Council on Boys and Men

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Warren Farrell Explains Why a White House Council on Boys and Men Helps Cut Govt. Costs

  In this video, Dr. Farrell explains how a White House Council on Boys and Men, by strengthening father involvement and the family, reduces the need for the government-as-substitute husband:    

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Newtown Shootings: Warren Farrell Offers New Ideas of What May Help

“It is time that we go beyond fighting over guns and to raising our Sons”. Newtown Shooting – Warren Farrell offers a core issue beyond the Gun Control issue about the absence of support for boys and young men and … Continue reading

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Honor Our Fathers: A Totally True Story of Sons and Gangs

by Jack Kammer This could be dangerous, I thought. This is Los Angeles, early June 1992. The Rodney King riots had occurred just five weeks before. Stranded and alone, hauling a heavy suitcase, I was running late for my plane … Continue reading

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Expanding What We Mean by “Nurturing” – Excerpt from Michael Gurian’s new book “How Do I Help Him”

             In observing males and studying anthropological and neuro-biological information regarding male behavior, I developed the term “aggression nurturance” in 1995 in order to try to help professionals and parents look at males more closely.  … Continue reading

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Chronicle of Higher Education article on boys and men

  The Chronicle of Higher Education has published an article which addresses the need for a White House Council on Boys and Men. The article is titled “Saving the ‘Lost Boys.’

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White House Boys and Men article in Forbes Magazine

Forbes Magazine has published an article titled “The Need to Create a White House Council on Boys to Men.” The article interviews Dr. Warren Farrell about the proposal for a White House Commission for Boys to Men.  

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Baby Cupid and the Fatherless Child

Lionel Tiger

When we set aside all the mushy high-school love-friending, Valentine’s Day is about reproduction and Cupid with his arrow is a pregnancy tester. The event flourished during a sexual period very different than our own. Despite all that traditional formal morality business, it’s estimated on the basis of parish and similar records that at the turn of the last century from a third to a half of all marriages were shared with a pregnancy. The infant Cupid Continue reading

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