Following double digits of failed relationships and one botched betrothal to Brad, the 41-year-old Aniston (whose biological clock must be whirring like an Apache Helicopter) echoed the misandrists’ mantra this week by stating that men are dispensable when it comes to raising kids (to which Melissa Etheridge yelled, “Hell yeah!” and then burped and farted).
Verily, while promoting her forthcoming movie Switch, Jennifer, in defense of her movie’s theme (single motherhood) informed us that women don’t need a man to start a brood or be good mamas. TMZ reports that when Lindsay Lohan overheard Aniston’s comments on TV while she was scoring some coke she screamed, “Oh my Gawd!” and “Cool!” and “I want one!”Yep, the former Friends star and serial bad dater ignored Kirk Lazarus’ advice to Tugg Speedman and went full Rosie a few days ago and dissed dads—which left me thinking, “really JA … Kids don’t need fathers?” Without the aid of a dad/husband, women can consistently and successfully pull off the ginormous task of raising a child? Hmmm.
I hope this doesn’t mean that Jennifer’s going to cut her luscious locks and start sporting a Rachel Maddow man-do. That would suck.
What’s really weird is that after a quarter century of international ministry and writing and reporting on family matters, I have found out just the opposite of what Jen has concluded … namely that kids really, really do need dad in their life.
Matter of fact, according to Dr. Meg Meeker, pediatrician, mother, best-selling author of six books, and one of the country’s leading experts on parenting and teens’ and children’s health, when a little girl has a loving dad in her life (whether biological, step, or adoptive), she is well on her way to becoming one amazing lady.
I know what you’re thinking: What does Meg Meeker know? She’s not on TV or in People Magazine, and she’s never made out with David Schwimmer or Tate Donovan. I know, I know. Try to be open and suspend your disrespect for a sec, though, and consider the doc’s findings. According to Meeker, when a great pappy’s in the house, these are the kinds of facts you find:
• Toddlers securely attached to fathers are better at solving problems.
• Six-month-olds scored higher on tests of mental development when their dads were involved in their lives.
• With dads in the home, kids managed school stress better.
• Girls whose dads provide warmth and control achieve higher academic success.
• Girls who are close to their fathers exhibit less anxiety and withdrawn behaviors.