The welfare state and the culture of unwanted men

This article is a spot on assessment of the effects of feminism and the welfare state. We now have increasing generations of households without men. This is a self perpetuating phenomenon driven by the welfare state and, to a somewhat lesser extent, feminism. While this piece was published in the UK Times, it fairly describes the welfare state in America and elsewhere.

Already we have what the tabloid newspapers call an epidemic of single motherhood — young women who have chosen to have babies on welfare, without husbands or boyfriends. One in four mothers is single and more than half of these lone mothers have never lived with a man and survive on welfare.

As many of these women become grandmothers, a new pattern has emerged of three generations of mothers without a man in the house — lone granny, lone mum and fatherless children, all expecting the state to stand in for daddy, as of right. These women are not so much welfare queens as matriarchal dynasties of welfare Amazons.

In a study presented to the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), the sociologist Geoff Dench argues from the evidence of British Social Attitudes surveys since 1983 that there is a growing number of such extended man-free families: “Three-generation lone-mother families — extended families without men — are developing a new family subculture which involves little paid work.”

This cultural shift not only affects girls, but also boys born into manless homes.

Clearly one of the worst problems with such a subculture is that although it’s not self-sustaining it has a powerful tendency to replicate itself. A boy in such an environment who grows up without a father figure is much less likely — for many well documented reasons — to turn into the sort of young man a girl could see as a desirable husband. A girl who grows up without a father never learns how important a man could be in her own child’s life. She will not see her mother negotiating an adult relationship with a male companion, so she won’t know how to do it herself or imagine what she is missing.

As pointed out in a previous post, fatherless homes perpetuate other societal problems with disastrous effects.

“…children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in prison.”

And yet, few “leaders” have the spine to even mention this problem much less try to address it. I’m specifically referring to the black community where this problem hits hardest. Bill Cosby has talked about it but was largely ignored or taken to task for his “insensitivity.” Our dear comrade could set an example but he has remained largely mute.

You can’t fix something if you won’t even admit there’s a problem…


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