Fathering, an Option?

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Fathering, an Option?


Recently the issue whether lesbians or single women should have the right to the access of
IVF treatment has brought about the argument of the importance of men in the task of
rearing children. Fathers are being reduced to the role of only sperm donors and are
consequently disregarded as an important factor in parenting.


There is significant evidence that points to a range of benefits for children who have
active fathers. These include *greater ambition, respect for the opposite sex, stronger
sexual identity, higher self-esteem, better achievement at school, and fewer behavioral
problems. It seems that these benefits have more to do with the importance of fathering
roles than solely having a second person parenting. This seems like enough evidence to
support the importance of fathers but lesbians and other single women still seem ready to
take these benefits away from their own children.


Men parent differently from women and also contribute differently to the development of
their children. Fathers relate best through their activity with the children and generally
derive different responses from their involvement. *Children usually associate their
fathers with the activities they enjoy doing with them. From experience, I know how
enjoyable it is to play sport with my dad. Rarely does my mother say ôlets go out and kick
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