LIVING: Are Single Mothers Raising Daughters to Remain Single?
- 2010/05/07 17:29:14
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Do women raising girls on their own unwittingly set those girls on a path toward spinsterhood?
CNN writer Audrey Irvine ruffled some feathers on Thursday when she offered this controversial theory: Women who bring up daughters on their own tend to urge those girls to be “independent” and “self-sufficient.” These are good qualities, of course … but are they also code words for not ever leaning on a man, even for emotional support?
While Irvine specifically discusses the plight of black women -- a recent Yale study found that 42 percent of African-American women are unmarried, compared with 23 percent of white women -- her theory can apply to anyone.
Irvine also observes that women who are bitter from divorce or bereavement may make disparaging comments about men that encourage girls to go it alone.
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