A prominent scholar and former board member of the National Organization for Women (NOW) says fatherless homes in America is a driving force of many societal issues and drove him to compile his research.
Warren Farrell, who has a Ph.D. in political science and has taught at seven universities, said he often heard from teachers that would speak to him about the growing misbehavior of boys in their classrooms and the connection to fatherlessness in their homes.
Farrell says he became "attuned" to this issue even while working for feminist causes, culminating in his book, "The Boy Crisis: Why our Boys are Struggling and What We Can Do About It."
In the book, Farrell lists 10 primary causes on the rising national issues of violence, gangs, drug use, and recruitment into terrorist outfits.
The number one factor in these issues was "dad-deprivation." Farrell noted that 85% to 90% of mass shooters, for example, were male and fatherless. His research also showed that the most stable homes had both a mother and a father, what he calls "checks and balance parenting" that combines masculine and feminine aspects.
Farrell said he received opposition from NOW when he expressed his concerns to the group.
"You admit yourself that the research is only at its infancy stage, we don't have really good longitudinal data," the group allegedly told him. "So why don't you go out and sort of look a bit more carefully, and see if you really want to come up with this conclusion that fathers are so important."
Farrell said he asked his NOW associates why they pushed back on the importance of fathers and said that the group told him that it wanted women to be able to have children independently or have the freedom to move to a different state with their children after a divorce.