MRA Robert Franklin writes:
New Teen Violence Report is 468 Pages Long–but the Word ‘Father’ Is Nowhere to be Found
[...] The report is 468 pages long, and as far as I can tell, the word “father” is nowhere to be found in it.
Wow, that is pretty surprising. Especially since it took me under a minute to find this in the report:
The vast majority of single parents in Canada are women, and there has been much speculation about the propensity of youth from lone-parent homes led by women to be involved in violence. Although the research and literature points to a strong correlation between violence involving youth and teenage parents, the findings are equivocal on the correlation between violence involving youth and the absence of a father generally.
Despite the lack of solid evidence, an increased presence of fathers, and particularly Black fathers, is often cited as a force….
While it is logical to work to have fathers be responsible parents, we cannot conclude that their absence from the home is, on its own, a source of the immediate risk factors for violence involving youth.
Apparently “as far as I can tell” doesn’t include a simple text search. Or skimming the headers.
UPDATE: Not long after I posted this, Robert’s post disappeared.
UPDATE 2 (Nov. 28): The post has reappeared, updated and corrected. For the record, I actually have no objection to people editing and revising their posts, as long as significant changes are noted (as they are in this case).
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