Fatherless America. David Blankenhorn, Welcome Home, 6/1/ This fact is so disturbing that many people prefer to ignore it. Our public debate on the family . In this book, author David Blankenhorn discusses the harms of fatherlessness and makes the Good Family Man, a disappearing entity, his main protagonist. “With passion and precision, Fatherless America demonstrates that whether our concern is with teenage pregnancy, crime, violence David Blankenhorn asks.

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Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem

Masculinity, understood as anything other than a rejection of traditional masculinity, is widely viewed with hostility, blamed by experts as the cause of everything from nuclear weapons to the destruction of the rain forests. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. By no one’s even talking about this guy anymore. A compelling and controversial exploration of absentee fathers and their impact on the nation.

This fact is so disturbing that many people prefer to ignore it.


Our fatheress debate on the family, for example, focuses almost exclusively on the roles of women and the plight of children, as if the male role in family life were somehow secondary or even irrelevant. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Books by David Blankenhorn. The Stepfather and The Nearby Guy-Blankenhorn should’ve also added “boyfriend” as that’s the life script so many American women are chosing today but it doesn’t matter, both men fail to fill the shoes of father figure-blood will always be thicker than water.

Rev AC Thomas rated it really liked it Sep 24, The author clearly points out that such wishful thinking does nothing more than impose adult fantasy on children and minimize the child’s reality which does not change.


Viewing this list, it’s pretty obvious why so many American women are flocking to the “Twilight” movies. I was a teenager in then and saw so much divorce among my friends families. bkankenhorn

Blankenhorn expertly calls out this bias in the research. This book has been on my radar for years, ever since it was cited by Jeffery R. Yet on this Father’s Day, we might do well to remember that the central character of an earlier fatherhood script was a fellow called the Good Family Man.

He impregnates, then exits. Blankenhorn is founder and president of the Institute for American Values and has long been a key figure in the public debate on marriage and the family as well as a prominent leader in the fatherhood movement. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem by David Blankenhorn

The central character in today’s fatherhood script is a fellow whom we might call the Superfluous Father. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The idea of fatherhood has been transmogrified, argues Blankenhorn. But the central challenge of our generation is to revise and revive, for modern conditions, a widely shared conception of the good family man, the man who puts his family first.

It’s a small part. Lists with This Book. Before they reach age eighteen, more than half of our nation’s children will spend a significant portion of their childhood living apart from their fathers.

Jennifer Rhodes Wynne rated it it was amazing Jan 14, Fathers are increasingly seen as expendable – or as part of the problem. For our society is not only losing fathers. My library Help Advanced Book Search. America needs a return to the “Good Family Man”. Increasingly, our answer is “no,” or at least “not necessarily.

The Diminishment of American Fatherhood.


The traditional family cannot be completely untethered from gender roles, which is anathema to many scholars. If you have physically abused a woman in her home, you are many times more likely to be a boyfriend or stepfather than a married father. In our efforts to find greater equality among the sexes, have we ignored a huge amount of unintended consequences? Fthenakis fwtherless, Beate Minsel Snippet view – This book is a sad reminder that now, 18 years after it was written, we live in an even braver new world where the adult’s wants are valued far above what is best for children, and where the prevailing message is that “it’s all good” despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

From inside the book. Sperm father is now the cousin of The Deadbeat Dad.

Bottom line-America needs more fathers for its women and children, not boyfriends or nearby guys. Em rated it really liked it Mar 08, He expresses his emotions.

FATHERLESS AMERICA by David Blankenhorn | Kirkus Reviews

At best, he is desirable but expendable. Although it was written and published over twenty years ago, its commentary and warnings feel not only prescient but present and painful. This was an interesting read on the societal shift to marginalize the father as an anchor of the traditional family. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Fatherless America is not only a review of the past, it is a prophecy of our future if we don’t respond to the most troubling and disastrous demographic trend of the last several fatherlesa