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Letter: How America is still losing World War II

How we’re still losing WWII

During World War II, some 15 million young men were on active duty and nearly 3 million women were out supporting the war effort. Between 1938 and 1944, some 17 million children were born, all of whom spent at least one of their first five years during those war years and many of whom spent that period in a “single-mom family.”

At the time, it was rather widely accepted that there was a high risk of doing significant, irreparable harm to those single-mom kids. Those first five years were seen to be critical, when a full family can show the brand-new child that it is always better to live and share with others, thereby bringing them out of their inborn pre-occupation with self.

Then around 1960, those single-mom kids emerged into adulthood, and all hell broke loose. They emerged as the swinging, free-love hippies called the Me Generation.

In the next several decades: The birth rate to unmarried women tripled; the proportion of children born to those unmarried women rose by a factor of 10; and the fraction of adult women in the work force doubled. Among the teenagers of that period the rates of premarital sex, pregnancies, sexual diseases and suicides all roughly doubled.

On May 29, The Associated Press article in The News-Review titled “Moms now top earners ...” showed that those trends are still increasing and may now be reaching some sort of tipping point. Professor Cherlin of John Hopkins University said “ ... the breadwinner-homemaker marriage (the traditional family) will never again be the norm ...”.

So, are we are heading toward a society where there is no longer any significant role for men? Is that a good thing? And will those big, hulking males accept that position?

Owen Dykema

Roseburg


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