I’m confident Shodan’s views on abortion, sex education, and easy access to contraceptives reflects his view of the dire consequences of single parent households.
Maybe I’m ignorant of the details of this topic, but I never see the nature of single motherhood discussed. That is to say, what do these women want? Do they want to just have babies and they don’t care if there’s a man or not? Or is it more of an “oops” situation? Or men deserting? Casual sex? How much of it is the “I have no love in my life but this baby will love me” phenomenon? It seems if you want to solve this so called problem that’d be the starting point since every different motivation has a different fix.
Are there any studies of this in non-Western societies? What about countries where women can or have to work, but there’s still a lot of religious and moralizing about marriage and casual sex? Does such a place even exist?
I can understand why middle class and above women wouldn’t care about single parenthood. They’re independent and can afford it. Both my older, middle aged cousins seem to personify this trend. They’re well off, they never married, and they have several kids. At most they have a live in boyfriend for awhile, but then they move on to another fairly casual relationship. These types of women don’t seem to unusual around my neighborhood either.
But why would there be a higher proportion of poor single parents nowadays than in the past? The only thing I can think of is welfare, but living off welfare with a kid isn’t exactly attractive so I don’t get that either. Is it the decreased moralizing and religiosity? I can’t relate to that either, but then again I’m not a woman. My view is that if a woman wants to have the neighborhood run a train on her that’s awesome and this society is where we want to go, but be on protection and use the tools society makes available for you.