June 22, 2017
There have been many myths regarding fatherhood throughout time. In an Washington Post article written by Paul Raeburn, he speaks about a Supreme Court decision that , “struck down a law that treated unwed mothers and fathers differently when granting citizenship to their children born outside the United States — the requirements for fathers were stiffer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, authoring a majority opinion joined by five other justices, wrote that the law was based on gender stereotypes that violated the notion of equal protection. The law implied “that unwed fathers care little about, indeed are strangers to, their children.”
In light of this Supreme Court decision, Raeburn writes about the myths of fatherhood that seem to endure. Until we can get past the myths, fathers will never gain ground on being treated as equals when it comes to parenting.