Friday, August 23, 2013

7QT Race & Birth Control

More Quick Takes over at Jen's Conversion Diary.

1. Over at Alexandria my post on Race & Birth Control ads in women magazines.

2. I still compile any article/link I can regarding marriage and fatherless. They seem to get fewer and fewer. And I've been noticing that we the break down/fracture of the family is being talked about, they don't use to m-word.

3. When White Fathers Leave Their Black Children

Even President Obama has opined on this national conversation, creating the Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative and making responsible fatherhood one of the key priorities of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. While his speeches on fatherhood have been widely criticized in liberal circles for their conservative and retrograde content, the president’s rhetoric remains quite indicative of public opinion on the state of [black] fatherhood.

4. Churches have been hearing the call, that has been ignored in our culture.Faith, fathers will save Harrisburg's sons from the curse of street violence, forum participants say

"I'm going to show my boys what a father looks like, who a father should be," Cooper said. "You can't exclude making men responsible," Mann agreed. "It's your child. Go take care of your child." District Judge Robert Jennings III, who deals with the results of the city's violence, also cited the need for more positive male role models to counteract the lie, promoted by some rappers, that street crime is somehow manly."By the way, those guys don't live in the 'hood," Jennings said. "They live in mansions in gated communities. They don't hear gunshots at night."

5. A week from Wednesday marks the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.

“They gotta start being more examples for their younger men, because what’s happening is heads of households have dropped off and a lot of times these young men are only emulating the atmospheres that they come from,” said Rev. McCrorey.Data from the Urban Institute shows that in 1950, only 17 percent of black children lived in fatherless homes. By 2010, that number more than doubled. Now 50 percent of black children have absent fathers. And almost half of all black children are born out of wedlock.Rev. McCrorey’s wife, Carrie, says repairing families could help re-inspire Dr. King’s dream in all of us. “More people in the community coming together, fathers, sons, mothers, daughters, more families coming out to be as a unit.”

6. Only the privilege can talk about gender theory, and that includes myself. We are having a good discussion over at Alexandria on deconstructing gender. My argument is that it can't be done. Well it can be done, but with terrible results.

7. From Science Daily "Boys Suffer from Their Fathers' Long Working Hours"

"Boys whose fathers worked 55 or more hours per week later exhibited more delinquent and aggressive behaviors than boys whose fathers worked fewer hours. Their fathers' long work hours did not appear to affect girls' behaviors. Mothers' work hours did not seem to matter, although few Australian mothers worked long hours and no firm conclusions can be drawn yet from this comparison."

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