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Don’t teach your children that masculinity is toxic

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'From our news headlines to sitcom punchlines, we're awash in a culture that portrays men as knuckle-dragging troglodytes. The trope is so pervasive that we've come to blame such poor behavior on masculinity itself. We've taken tremendously positive strides in addressing gross generalizations about women. That doesn't require us to concede completely irresponsible stereotypes about men.

Men, husbands and fathers aren't a poison to American culture; they're an essential part of its success.

In a 2014 study entitled "The Causal Effects of Father Absence," Sara McLanahan, Laura Tach, and Daniel Schneider found "strong evidence that father absence negatively affects children's social-emotional development, particularly by increasing [problematic behavior]." They concluded, "father absence can affect child well-being across the life course."

President Barack Obama didn't pull any punches in 2008 when he called out fathers who "have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men." He also noted, "The foundations of our families are weaker because of it."  

If we expect today's young men to be the fathers we need, we can't simultaneously tell them that masculinity itself is a precursor to evil.'

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