Patriarchy or No, it’s Good to Have Dad Around on Father’s Day

Excerpted from an article that first appeared at The Orange County Register

This Father’s Day takes place amid growing assault on what is widely called “patriarchy.” In the era of #MeToo-inspired militant feminism, it’s become increasingly fashionable to reject maleness and castigate fatherhood, as largely irrelevant and even damaging.

To be sure, patriarchy has its faults, as #MeToo and feminists well before them have rightly pointed out. But today’s wrath is not confined to chronic abusers like Harvey Weinstein, but the entire gender.

Sociologist Suzanna Danuta Walters, writing in the Washington Post, suggests, for example, that men being responsible for much of the ills of the world as reason enough to “hate men.” “Maybe it’s time for us,” she says, “to go all Thelma and Louise and Foxy Brown on their collective butts.”

Why dads matter

The radical feminist assault on men is certainly no gift to our children. To be sure, single moms can achieve great things, and grandparents, as was the case for President Obama, can raise an outstanding human being. But both girls and boys clearly benefit from the presence of two parents…

Read the rest of the article at The Orange County Register