Missing the Boat of Fathers and the Children Who Need Them

Missing the Boat of Fathers and the Children Who Need Them

April 13, 2018 by Robert Franklin, Esq, Member, National Board of Directors, National Parents Organization

This is a well-meant, heartfelt article about some of the problems facing boys and the men they become (Medium, 4/5/18). But author Benjamin Sledge’s own assumptions about men and masculinity undermine his message. Far worse, he never imagines what the sources of the problem he discusses might be.

His title is “Today’s Problem With Masculinity Isn’t What You Think: Welcome to a generation of emotionally vacant men without role models or fathers.” You might think from that headline that Sledge would have a good word to say about fathers. Amazingly, he doesn’t. He begins by describing parents visiting sons at college.

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