The above article appeared in the Daily Mail recently, and it is an prime example of Political Correctness gone mad.
To completely remove the words “Dad” and “Father” and replace them with the gender-neutral “partner” from a pregnancy handbook simply because those two words may cause offence to same sex couples expecting a child. Surely the only same-sex couples it may offend would be lesbians? The decision to remove the words Dad and Father came after a single complaint, yes a single complaint. I wonder how many Fathers would need to complain in order to have the original edition of the handbook re-instated, and an apology issued by the NHS and Government?
To me, there is something slightly sinister about the removal of the words Dad and Father, it suggests yet another attempt by Feminists to erode away the importance of Fathers. How much longer must we continue to be forced to dance to to the tune of the feminist fiddle? Enough is enough – fathers are not secondary parents to remain on the periphery of a child’s life, at the whim of the mother or the the say-so of the Courts. Fathers are a vital and important part of their children’s lives, the positive and loving relationship between a child and his/her father has a huge impact on the life of the child:
Fathers play a key role in developing confidence and self-esteem.
Fathers challenge their children, which results in higher cognitive scores
Fathers encourage the development of new skills, and learning to take responsibility. They provide role models.
Children who have good relationships with their fathers are less likely to experience depression, to exhibit disruptive behaviour, or to lie and are more likely to exhibit altruistic behaviour.
Children who are brought up with their fathers are more likely to have good physical and emotional health, to achieve academically, and to avoid drugs, violence, and delinquency.
Fathers boost children‘s educational attainment; in one study, children with involved fathers achieved grades 43% higher than other children
Primary school children score higher on empathy if they have had secure attachments to fathers
In general, girls who have a warm relationship with their father and feel accepted by them are more likely to feel comfortable and confident when relating to the opposite sex. During the teen years and later, a girl who has not had a rewarding relationship with her father is apt to feel insecure around males. She may feel unattractive as a woman, doubt that any man could love her for herself, and distrust men in general.
Girls whose fathers play with them a lot tend to be more popular with peers and more assertive in their interpersonal relationships throughout their lives
When fathers are away for long periods of time, as in the case of sailors at sea, their boys are less popular with classmates and do not enjoy friendships as much as do boys who have more contact with their fathers
(from Family Justice on Trial, produced by Fathers 4 Justice)
The staggering £100,000 that the NHS has been spent on producing 90,000 copies of the edited pregnancy Handbook is a complete waste of tax-payers money – and many of those tax-payers will be fathers. I wonder how they feel about their hard-earned cash being spent on such a senseless and insulting move, in a mere appeasement to the feminist section?