“The Matt Walsh Show” host on Monday said the article extolling the so-called advantages of single motherhood omitted factors like crime rates and poverty that have previously been used to measure the harmful impact of divorce or unmarried parents on kids.
“And this is not simply an argument that single mothers can make the most of their situation and mitigate the harm that broken homes do to children, ensuring that they have a good chance of living happy and successful lives,” Walsh said. “That’s not the argument the author here makes. The argument is, again, that single motherhood is in some sense ideal. There are advantages to it.”
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In the article, the author noted a 2018 Pew Research Center analysis that found approximately 24 million American children reside in single-parent homes, with 81% “headed by a mom.”
“So far, this is all true and it’s catastrophic,” Walsh said. “We’ve been running this social experiment for decades to see if fathers are expendable for children individually and society generally. And we’ve gotten an answer to that question… The answer is no. Every child has a mother and a father, which means that they need a mother and a father.”
“They may get by with only one parent, just as plenty of people who have been forced to get by with only one leg,” he added. “But it’s not ideal. It’s not the surest path to fulfillment and happiness.”
Walsh said research shows “kids without fathers in the home are worse off in nearly every way. They’re far more likely to be poor, far more likely to drop out of school, more likely to do drugs, to commit crime, to go to prison, to commit suicide, to end up homeless and on and on.”
“So every objectively measurable indicator, things like crime rates, dropout rates, grades in schools or prison, the number of people in prison, suicides, homelessness like we can objectively measure all of that… So by all of those measures, we clearly see that fathers are indispensable and kids who grow up without them generally fare worse,” he added.
“But this is all a moot point somehow, because if you ask people about their general, quote, life satisfaction, most people, regardless of their upbringing, will say that they are satisfied,” Walsh continued. “Well, what is that supposed to prove?”
The host said the author’s conclusion that a person’s “satisfaction” with how their life turned out dictates the circumstances under which a child should be raised is incorrect.
“If you ask, let’s say, child abuse survivors about their life satisfaction, you know, you go to an adult who was abused as a child 25 years ago, many of them will say that they’re satisfied with their lives,” the host said. “Does that prove that child abuse is the best way to achieve life satisfaction or that it doesn’t matter whether their child is abused or not?”
“I recently watched a pretty remarkable video about a person who had been horrifically burned over a third of his body and yet still seems to be happy and well-adjusted,” he added. “Does that mean that the best way to make someone happy is to throw them into a fire? No, obviously not. The question is, what things are likely to directly lead someone to happiness and what things can a person be happy in spite of? So it’s a because of/in spite of situation.”
Walsh concluded the segment by stating the real reason the society wants to reinforce the idea of single motherhood is that “the Left sees stable two-parent households as an existential threat to their agenda, which they are. Children from those kinds of households are going to be less vulnerable, less susceptible to the push and pull of the greater culture.”