Got a blowout quote for you from my friend Cynthia's blog:
"I grew up in the afterglow of women's liberation movement. My father was absent and that was just fine, according to the women in my life. Fathers, men in general, were optional accessories.
Decades of growth, reflection, and healing later, I've come to understand how flawed that thinking is.
A man who embodies the role of father (biological or not) serves the entire world. Father in this content is more a verb than a noun and requires no biological link, but it usually helps.
What fathers do often goes unnoticed. Unlike the work and contribution of mothers, it's more difficult to glimpse, but it is absolutely as powerful.
The predictable and reliable presence of a man who stands up to life's challenges and protects his young creates ease, confidence, and value in a child's mind. Children are brilliant and quickly deduce that they must be valuable to deserve such care."