I really hate it when I have to agree with Bill O’Reilly. But here is something Jennifer Aniston said a few days ago in People Magazine,
“Women are realizing it more and more knowing that they don’t have to settle with a man just to have that child,” Aniston, 41, said. “Times have changed and that is also what is amazing is that we do have so many options these days, as opposed to our parents’ days when you can’t have children because you have waited too long.”
I guess she is talking about options for being impregnated? Otherwise, there has always been the option of getting pregnant by a random stranger and raising your kid alone or with your friends. She later said,
When asked about the repercussions of raising a child without a father, Aniston said she believes all types of families can raise healthy kids.
True enough, but that doesn’t mean the likelihood of healthy kids is the same in all family situations. See the research further down.
Bill O’Reilly then responded,
“She’s throwing a message out to 12-year-olds and 13-year-olds that hey, you don’t need a guy, you don’t need a dad,” he said. “That’s destructive to our society.”
O’Reilly went on to argue that remarks like Aniston’s are hurtful to fathers, saying, “She’s diminishing the role of the dad.”
“Aniston can hire a battery of people to help her, but she cannot hire a dad,” he said. “And dads bring a psychology to children that is, in this society, under-emphasized.
If only we could decide the winner of an argument based on their ass. Just take a look at Jennifer Aniston. She would always win. Then consider Bill O’Reilly. His ass is not at all hot (hence not shown for humanitarian reasons). In fact, Bill O’Reilly’s ass is hardly ever shown, although he is often talking out of it. Or just being one.
Nonetheless, Bill has point here, as the overwhelming research indicates,
- Business Week
- University of Connecticut Advance Journal
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
- Well referenced list of studies from dads4kids.com
- Institute for Civil Society
Here’s the thing, to Aniston and her supporters: Of course, you don’t have to have a Dad. You never had to. Science has made it more possible to safely have a baby without a father. And sure, single mothers are becoming more common and need to be supported and not chastised. But the point is that when you have a choice, research clearly indicates that having father is preferable for the child’s development, as Aniston herself admits. That is, just because you can–or want to–raise a baby without father doesn’t mean its good idea, even if it works out sometimes.
“If she wants to explain it,” he said, “She can get her butt right in here!”
That’s what I’m talkin’ about.