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I’ll just publish this NYT Letter to the Editor in its entirety (h/t Julian Sanchez via Twitter). It’s from a Princeton professor who takes Katie Roiphe and the guy who wrote the “Who Needs Men” article to task for misrepresenting her work. Think of it, two op-eds within a week of each other that rely on this same researcher’s work in the same prominent publication. What the hell is going on here? The letter below.
Two recent opinion articles cite my research to support their claims that fathers aren’t necessary for a thriving household (“In Defense of Single Motherhood,” by Katie Roiphe, Aug. 12, and “Men, Who Needs Them?,” by Greg Hampikian, Aug. 25). That does not fairly describe my work.
Income security is very important. But fathers in most cases are critical contributors to family income. And income security is only half the story.
Emotional security — which children develop from living in stable families where they can form lasting relationships with adults who stick around for the long run — is also important. Stable homes with one parent are rare. More often in single-mother households, children meet, attach and then say goodbye to men who are only temporarily connected to the family.
Two parents committed to each other and to raising a child together are more likely to provide the economic and emotional security children need. That large numbers of fathers cannot provide economic and emotional security constitutes a serious social problem.
Princeton, N.J., Aug. 28, 2012