Talking Family, Faith and Feminism on the Sharpe Reality Podcast
I was fortunate to be invited as a guest on the Sharpe Reality (TSR: Live) podcast with host Donovan Sharpe.
The interview was broadcast live on YouTube on December 2nd 2017, and is now available across multiple platforms, including Donovan’s YouTube channel, SoundCloud and more (keep reading for links).
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I’ve long been uncomfortable with the way men and father’s in particular are viewed in society. I’m no Men’s Rights Activist – mainly because I’m not interested in being a victim.
But you can be tuned into the world and the dominant culture around you without becoming a snivelling man-child, afraid of your own shadow.
This approach has influenced much of my writing and therefore has attracted an audience that is aware of how men and boys are seen in our society – and want to make a difference.
So it was a privellige for me to be able to talk with Donovan on a whole range of issues including family, faith and feminism.
The family unit of a married man and woman is the best place to raise children. Multiple studies have shown that both parents are needed to raise well balanced kids. But what about when the kids are just raised by the father, do they have better or worse outcomes?
A 2001 study reported the following:
Studies that have compared behavior problems of children insingle-mother and single -father families suggest that children living with single fathers have fewer behavior problems than children living with single mothers (Source).
There is some evidence that single fathers who gain custody are less
emotional and more pragmatic than single mothers in response to their
multiple role demands (Orthner & Lewis, 1979). Other researchers
have reported that single fathers and their children do not appear to
have the problems in functioning that have been documented for
single mothers and their children.
Good luck getting funding for that study in 2018. If it doesn’t fit with the dominant narrative that all mothers are virtuous and admirable and all men are despicable predators in waiting then this type of study will never be carried out again.
Then is it any wonder the misconceptions that abound over the suitability of fathers to care for their kids.
My faith drives everything I do and is the reason I get up in the morning and go to bed at night. Faith in God has been a constant throughout my life and it was great to share some of that with Donovan.
I’m not ashamed of sharing my faith with my kids or bringing them up in a religious home. It’s what I experienced as a child and it was an incredibly positive experience.
If you want to bring your kids up a certain way (religious, homeschooled, red pilled or Upstream) don’t shy away from it. If those things have value to you, then your children should understand and be impressed by that.
Feminism is one of the most dominant forces in our culture – so much so that most don’t even realise they’re now living in a feminist-centric society.
I believe that, like many mass movements, feminism began with good an honourable intentions. But somewhere in the last 100 years, feminists lost their way and started to represent the tyrannical structures they wanted to break down in the first place.