I hate to reach for an overused, ever-present, explains-absolutely-nothing feminist historians’ trope, but…. tell me, is there any other way to explain the move from
The effort and quality of parenting are what really matter, not parents’ gender.
fathers are unnecessary…
Is there any universe in which this makes sense? At all? I mean, if you’re a father, or if you want to be a father, or even if you just have a father, isn’t that first sentence still pretty empowering of dear old dad? And doesn’t it still set him a pretty serious task, one that for once — gasp! — his genitals don’t automatically solve for him?
Maybe that’s why we’ve got so many anxious patriarchs just lately.