As a journalist, I am in constant search for controversial topics for my blog, however this story just fell in my lap as a gift from the gods. Sociology Professor Frances Goldschieder at Brown who happens to be a feminist decided that it would be in the best interest of the so-called nuclear family to level the playing field by giving the potential father amnesty from his fraternal obligations(financial abortion). My question is who does this slightly masculine woman think she is by making such a deficient hypothesis of scholarly inclined magnitude? Her audacious idea would allow a man to declare his desire not to become a father prior to intercourse and would be off the hook from all monetary responsibility so to speak.
Regardless of Professor Goldschieder’s sincerity it is safe to say that her opinions are not in the best interest of the African- American community due to the disproportionate demographic of Black absentee fathers in America? As a single father raising a 8 year old daughter, I find it amusing and appalling that we live in a country that places very little value on our importance and ironically believe that this idea would actually come from a old White woman. My presence in my daughter’s life has been one of the most fulfilling and challenging experiences to be able to provide her emotional and financial well being to substantiate Professor Goldschieder’s egalitarian belief system despite her utter hypocrisy.
I’ve experienced firsthand the difficulty of a father raising a single child in a society that appears to be biased towards men who are struggling to make ends meet. Despite President Obama’s “fatherhood initiative” nothing has been done to offer valid resources where dad’s can be able to earn more and give more on both fronts. One of the concerns I have are the lack of social services for fathers who are homeless with their children and the limitations of resources that are usually readily available for women.
Why would anyone believe that a higher tax bracket would alleviate the paternal bond fatherhood encompasses for our children to develop in a healthy social environment? Last month on the one-year anniversary of the initiative Barack was quoted that he “can’t legislate fatherhood” and honestly we never asked him to, however he can take into consideration the dire need to reexamine today’s draconian policy’s to ensure that the playing field the professor speaks of come into substantiated fruition.
The manifestation of responsibility resides in the consciousness of a man to use condoms and practice the ancient art of keeping one’s organ in his trousers to avoid unwanted pregnancies in the future and in the first place. One alternative should embrace the possibility of allowing a small portion of a child support payment to be placed in a trust fund until a child reaches 18 years of age and that could be a plausible start . Are we dad’s important enough to invite a couple dozen of us unto the lawns of The White House and share our ideas over a couple of six packs and a few steaks on the grill?
Our concerns for our children are just as important as the 23 million that live without one and the time is now to take the necessary measures to assist in meeting the challenges us fathers face by first disregarding the divisive ramblings of a educated woman that offer no real solutions and obviously possess no hands-on experience. Although our children might not reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I strongly feel that their lives are just as important to abort a professor’s ignorance on the subject.