To understand the historical origins of the school-shooter-broken-home connection (“Link between mass shooters, absent fathers ignored by anti-gun activists,” Web, March 27) one must think back to the end of World War II. Then, returning heroes, educated under the GI bill, started families, bought homes, built businesses and came to be known as “the Greatest Generation.” A common saying during this time was, “A man’s word is his bond.”
Today this saying has vanished. Men are not even entitled to due process against a host of sexual accusations for which one woman’s word trump’s all.
What has all this got to do with fatherlessness? Beginning in the 1960s, radical feminists transformed education to favor girls and create the boy crisis in education, resulting in higher school drop-out and failure rates for boys. One static illustrates it all. In the 1960s 60 percent of degrees in higher education were awarded to men, while today that figure hovers around 40 percent. Education affects employment, income, advancement and the ability to support a family and be a “present” father.
If men want to understand where they stand in the social hierarchy today, they need only look up one word: Intersectionality.
The bottom line is this: Guys, you no longer are “the Greatest Generation” in the intersectionality hierarchy, but rather are targeted to vanish. That is why you are absent, your children have the worst developmental outcomes and your sons are at elevated risk of becoming school shooters.
For radical feminists, the chickens have come home to roost.
GORDON E. FINLEY
Professor of psychology emeritus
Florida International University
The letter above was published in The Washington Times on Monday April 2, 2018.