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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 9 2013: The future is not far when men will be treated like stray dogs.
    • Jun 9 2013: Not if I can help it, Santokh!!! :)
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      Jun 9 2013: You do not paint a very nice picture of men in our future Santokh, and there are a LOT of really nice, considerate, compassionate men in our world, who are treated with kindness and respect. Did you ever hear the saying....what goes around, comes around.....or.... the golden rule? We all need to "BE" what we want to "SEE" in our world.
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      Jun 9 2013: Santokh: I am sure you did not think before you posted your opinion. If you did think, what exactly is in your mind? Could you elaborate? Are you talking about evolution or feminists taking over the world. If you suppose the later, I must say you are mistaken.
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        Jun 10 2013: Why is it so hard to imagine women (feminist) taking over the world Kiran?
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          Jun 10 2013: John: We now live in the era where we use our brains to think and don't blindly follow what men/women of cloth preaches (Its true that all religions used to treat women as second class citizens). We believe in equality and I do not think women will or can take over men in totality. Women are better at some aspects and so are men in others. And we mostly live in democratic countries and I do not suppose percentage of men would dwindle down to minority that women should take over the world.
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        Jun 10 2013: I understand the Era we live in. Let's say we are talking about a future era.

        In every battle, you have slight men and bulky muscular men. Once a few slight fellows, take out all the big killers, the battle is kinda even between the slight guys. Why can it not be so with women?

        A large group of warrior females clash with some guys. Using their brains and better battle strategy, they take out the hulking killers leaving the average fellows to fight against. On the average, men of equal stature with women, are no more or less likely to win in a physical confrontation. My sister use to take me out all the time.

        Combining this conclusion with the the use of weaponry further levels the battle field. Why is it hard to image women getting violently disillusioned with male dominance and doing something about it in an aggressive manner? Perhaps in a future era. Kiran?.
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      Jun 10 2013: Why do you say that Saggu?

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