Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron became the latest Hollywood glamour girl to adopt a child as a single mother, joining Sandra Bullock, Sharon Stone, Diane Keaton, Madonna, Meg Ryan and many others in a hot Tinseltown trend.
Yes, these adoptions may provide unique opportunities for a few fortunate children, but they send terrible messages to the nation at large. If the wealthiest, most admired women in society despair of constructing lasting marriages, how can ordinary females feel confident about building families? And the celebrity single mom fad suggests that a father’s role in child-rearing is irrelevant—and that dads are easily replaced by well-paid household staff.
When sexy stars tout single mom adoption as a path to personal fulfillment, they devalue traditional family norms that still constitute the best shot at happiness for everyone else.