Jennifer Roback Morse

Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed composed a truly revolting edition of “Opus,” just one week before Fathers Day. The cartoon published Sunday June 10 was appalling not only for its unadulterated, unapologetic male-bashing. The cartoon is also a sickening foretaste of what awaits us as same sex parenting becomes normalized.

The cartoon in question shows three characters talking about a boy in their class who has two moms, and no dad. They speculate, “Makes you wonder how he’ll do without a male role model in the house.” The last panel supplies the visual answer. A misogynist, inebriated white male throws a TV out the window, while swearing at a baseball player. We can easily infer the answer to the kids’ speculation: Kids are better off without fathers, since fathers are drunken, violent slobs.

You wouldn’t think so much power could be contained in a single panel of a cartoon strip. But look at the image of the man: he is holding a can, probably a beer can. He is unshaven and has a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. He is wearing a cap that has bikini barely covering a pair of orbs that suggest women’s breasts. Woman-hating. Drunk. Smoker. Barbarous. Unkempt. Yes, any child would be better off with two mothers.

This is a direct fall-out from the drive to normalize same sex parenting. Making same sex parenting equally acceptable as opposite sex parenting requires that the public believe that mothers and fathers are interchangeable. A child will do equally well with two mommies, two daddies or one of each. This is the official position of the entire coalition that supports same sex parenting.

Yet the more successful they are at convincing people that mothers and fathers are indistinguishable, the more people will conclude that fathers are disposable. This is for two reasons. First, the connection between fathers and children is intrinsically more tenuous than the bond between mothers and children. The social purpose of marriage is to strengthen the attachment of fathers to their children, as David Blankenhorn’s book, The Future of Marriage so ably shows. In a world in which mothers and fathers are considered indistinguishable, it is fathers who will be discarded.

Jennifer Roback Morse

Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., is the author of Smart Sex: Finding Life-long Love In A Hook-up World. She blogs at

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