Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Are boys better off without fathers?

(Open Forum--Opinion) Peggy Drexler's new book, "Raising Boys Without Men: How Maverick Moms Are Creating the Next Generation of Exceptional Men," contends that father-absent homes -- particularly "single mother by choice" and lesbian homes -- are the best environments for boys. While "Raising Boys" may seem like a harmless, feel-good affirmation for "maverick moms," it could have a damaging impact on children by affecting both the choices women make and family law. Drexler, who is in San Francisco this week for book signings and related events, contends that sons from fatherless families "grow up emotionally stronger," "have a wider range of interests and friendships" and "appear more at ease in situations of conflict" than boys from "traditional" (i.e., father- present) households. Her research, however, is flawed. By Glenn Sacks, Open Forum, San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate.com.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/08/31/EDG8LEFOKI1.DTL (last visited August 31, 2005.

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