Culture & Society · Family

An Attack on Men in America

Those who would destroy a nation will assault the vigor and vitality of men. The emasculation of the male in American culture is nearly complete. Examples abound. For example, we find NFL players who condescend to wear pink shoes, socks, gloves, towels, and ribbons on their uniforms to demonstrate their “feminine sensitivity”. Or, to movie icons such as Clint Eastwood who allow their persona to move from a rugged individual as in “Dirty” Harry Callahan to a washed-up, foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, insensitive, tottering old fool, embodied in the character Gus Lobel in the new movie, Trouble With the Curve. The image of the idiotic male that began in earnest with Carroll O’Connor’s character, Archie Bunker, in the TV series All in the Family (1968-1979) is ending in open homosexuality reflected in sitcoms such as Will and Grace, Partners, and The New Normal (the latter, of course, sums up the thrust of the show — to jettison traditional family and replace it with a perverted view of family, a “new normal”).

As a result of the assault on the vigor and vitality of men, the home in America is being destroyed. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children in America, one out of three, live in biological father-absent homes.  Children in father-absent homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in married-couple families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in mother-only families.

(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Children’s Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2011, Table C8. Washington D.C.: 2011.)

In 2008, American poverty rates were 13.2 percent for the whole population and 19 percent for children, compared to 28.7 percent for female-headed households.

(Source: Edin, K. & Kissane R. J. (2010). Poverty and the American family: a decade in review. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 460-479.)

From 1970-1996, there was a 5 percent increase in child poverty that was nearly all attributed to the rise in single-parent families, especially never-married mothers.

(Source: Sawhill, I. V. (2006). Teenage sex, pregnancy, and non-marital births. Gender Issues, 23, 48-59.)

A study of nearly 5,000 children born to parents in 20 large US cities found that unmarried childbearing helped sustain high poverty rates due to multiple partner fertility and relationship instability.

(Source: McLanahan, S. (2009). Fragile families and the reproduction of poverty. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 621, 111-131.)

While the Lord God is “a father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows,” (Ps. 68:5), the divine design is one man with one woman producing a family (Gen. 1:28). Men are not to leave their sons and daughters but to “bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4).

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