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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 17 2013: Some wonder why men in Western cultures refuse to grow up. It's because we tell them being responsible and mature and having a defined function in society is not necessary because of the empowerment of women (taken too far).

    We need to foster a culture where men are accountable for their actions, and women don't emulate the bad boys. We need to remember that lifting one another up is just as possible as dragging each other down, and actually do the former, while stating the latter is no longer socially acceptable.

    We men are more fragile than we are willing to admit, and we retain a superficial life focus (by and large) until a good woman holds us to being a good man. Then we hold each other to be good parents.

    When Western society learns that men and women are fundamentally different in their function to society, but equally valued based on that difference, we all will realize that questions like this can be seen as fundamentally anti-man.
    • Jun 18 2013: Craig,

      Can you expand on what you believe this fundamentally different function for men is in your opinion. I would love to better understand your position.

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