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Theodore A. Hoppe


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So, what is the purpose of men in modern families?

There are several Op-Ed debate in the New York Times asking, or attempting to answer, this question.

"In almost half the American households with children, mothers are the sole or primary breadwinners. This victory for working women shows evolving family economics — or maybe, two very different types of families.

So what is the purpose of men in modern families? We’re approaching the holiday that celebrates dads, but do fathers bring anything unique to the table?"

Reference a TEDTalk that you have listen to on this topic if you can.


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    Jun 5 2013: I have found they are very good changing lightbulbs. Also, the other day there was a wire mix-up and we couldn't watch Netflix and my husband had it fixed almost instantly.
    I am kidding. He took a while. :)
    I have to ask you, Theodore. Do you mean modern families where? Culture and economy are very important aspects to consider. In some cultures women might bring more money to the house, and still, the man has the last call on everything.
    I believe that while it is true that men and women are becoming more and more alike in many aspects, each provides very different things.
    Women are nurture, men are protection. Although I've seen these roles inverted in some very few cases.
    Money shouldn't define whether you rule or your spouse rules. I think men, as women, bring something very important to the table: balance.
    And I for one, like it.
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      Jun 5 2013: Did you look at the articles in the NY Times or any of the TED Talks?

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