Posts Tagged ‘fatherless children’

Fatherless youths run riot

August 17th, 2011 1 comment

by Joanna Bogle

Will the mayhem in British cities this week finally convince doubters that family structure matters?

No structure to life, no moral values, no father, little or no ability to read and write, a passion for consumer goods fuelled by an upbringing focused on the fulfilment of immediate needs – all this plus physical strength, ferocious anger, and commitment to a strong gang – it all makes rioting a good way to spend a summer evening. Read more…

Early Puberty for girls

August 10th, 2010 1 comment

MSNBC had this article on the lowering age of sexual maturity among girls. This article tracks an overall decline in the age of breast development. It reminded me of a series of papers I’ve read about the declining age of first menstruation. This MSNBC article doesn’t report on this, and the factors may be somewhat different. However, I have been following the decline in age at first menses because one of its strong correlates is the presence of an unrelated male in the household. By contrast, girls living with their biological fathers tend to have their first periods at a later age. There is a lively debate over the reasons for this correlation. But the correlation seems to be well-documented. Read more…

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My Daddy’s Name is Donor—and I miss him

June 10th, 2010 Comments off

by Michael Cook

In the US alone an estimated 30,000-60,000 children are born each year through sperm donation, yet no entity is required to report on these vital statistics. Until now, no reliable evidence has been available on the experiences of young adults who were conceived in this way. A report released this week by the Institute for American Values, My Daddy’s Name is Donor, is the first-ever representative, comparative attempt to learn about the identity, kinship, well-being, and social justice experiences of these adults. Read more…

I’m the Only Daddy You Got! I’m the Paterfamilias!

February 19th, 2010 4 comments

Great article by a Ruth Institute Academic Advisory Board Member.

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC National Director

Newsweek recently reported a story about a 51-year-old man, who between 1980 and 1994 donated his sperm twice a week in order to make cash for medical school and to nurture his altruistic desires to help infertile women. Kirk Maxey states, “I loved having kids, and to have these women doomed to wandering around with no family didn’t seem right, and it’s easy to come up with a semen donation.”

Don’t get me started. Read more…

Children best served by mom’s lesbian relationship?

January 20th, 2010 Comments off

It appears as though a lesbian mom’s partner takes precedent to the childrens’ father. Poor kids, especially, I should think, any boys in the family. I’m sure they’re thrilled by the new arrangement: lose your dad and get a second “mom.”

Allie Martin – OneNewsNow –

An official with the Illinois Family Institute (IFI) says it’s outrageous that a judge has permitted a mother to take her children from their dad in order to move in with her lesbian partner.

 Recently Karen Kelsky, the ex-wife of Taro Iwata, took him to court in a custody battle. Kelsky has become a lesbian and was granted custody of the couple’s two children, and will also be allowed to move to Eugene, Oregon — 1,800 miles away from her ex-husband — to live with her lesbian partner. Read more…