I am sorry, Katy Perry, but you are DEAD WRONG! You may foolishly say the age of dads is “so last century”, but you’re mistaken! You may feel you don’t need “a dude” to have a child as you stated in Rolling Stone interview…you may be right, YOU may not need a dude. But you know who will need a dude? Your future child!
I am not one to frequently go off and write an article based on current Hollywood buzz, but this particular one really got under my skin. It bugs me when someone with 55.1 million Twitter followers uses her influence to spread shameless propaganda to promote such deadly venom against men, families, and the way God designed families to function and thrive. God designed for a man and a woman to marry and have a baby together, to raise the child as a team, and offer the guidance from both a male and female point of view.
Now, I understand this isn’t always possible. Unfortunately, people divorce. Spouses unfortunately die. However, Ms Perry is not saying that a woman can make it in these circumstances and be a successful single parent. No, she is saying we need to remove the man from the scenario from the beginning. She feels there is no need for a man, period.
She is basically stating that when it comes to raising, loving and supporting a child, the only thing a man is good for is the sperm he has that is needed to create life. Once a woman gets that, there is no need for a man. I say what a bunch of bologna! However, unlike Ms Perry who just spouts Hollywood ideology, I have facts to back up my claims.
-63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census)- 5 times the average
-90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes –32 times the average.
-85% of all children who show behavior disorders come from fatherless homes –20 times the average. (Center for Disease Control)
-80% of rapists with anger problems come from fatherless homes –14 times the average. (Justice & Behavior, Vol 14, p. 403)
-71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes -9 times the average. (National Principals Association Report)
-71% of pregnant teenagers lack a father. [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services press release, Friday, March 26, 1999]
-90% of adolescent repeat arsonists live with only their mother. [Wray Herbert, “Dousing the Kindlers,” Psychology Today, January, 1985, p. 28]
-75% of adolescent patients in chemical abuse centers come from fatherless homes. [Rainbows for all God’s Children]
-70% of juveniles in state operated institutions have no father. [US Department of Justice, Special Report, Sept. 1988]
-85% of youths in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. [Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Department of Corrections, 1992]
-Fatherless boys and girls are: twice as likely to drop out of high school; twice as likely to end up in jail; four times more likely to need help for emotional or behavioral problems. [US D.H.H.S. news release, March 26, 1999]
Sounds to me like dad’s are pretty important! Maybe women don’t need “dudes” (which is very debatable), but these stats prove that their kids sure do! And guess what? Hollywood knows it!
Why do I say this? Look at NBC’s rare hit tv sitcom, “About A Boy”. While this show is written from the world’s point of view of what a man should be, they clearly show week after week that young boys need a man in their lives to lead and guide them and to teach them the one thing their moms have never experienced…how to be a man.
Take the rise of tv ads such as the ones from Cheerios
and Dove body wash which has well over 11 million views. These commercials are viral all over the internet because people know and understand the need for strong men.
Look at the new Disney channel show, Girl Meets World. This show is an updated version of the hit 90’s show Boy meets World. It follows up on Cory and Topanga Matthews’ married life and centers on their daughter, Riley, learning about life. What I always loved
about the original Boy Meets World was that the father on that show was always a strong, loving, capable man, unlike most of his tv counterparts. I will honestly admit I didn’t expect the same from the new series. However, I was pleasantly surprised.
They depict Cory as the same type of loving, strong, involved dad. He has great relationships with his son and daughter. Additionally, he also has semi-adopted his daughters’ friend who has no dad. He dances with her at a daddy-daughter dance. He buys her a cell-phone when she is the only kid without one. Cory would make his dad proud!
Hollywood is catching on slowly that DAD’S MATTER!! Dudes ARE necessary. That’s why quotes like the one from Ms Perry get me so mad. She is trying to put a dark cover over the flicker of hope out there that Dad is making a comeback.
While I am doing something I rarely do, I will do it again. I am going to ask you to please share this article. Not to make me famous or anything, but to expose the lie Ms. Perry is spreading and to shine a light of truth that “Dudes ARE necessary” and Dad is alive and well in the 21 century!