The Social Engineering Beyond Challenge

Breaking the Glass Taboo,” my latest column for, responds to Providence Journal editorialist M.J. Anderson’s nostalgia for the days of the Baby Boomers’ youth and to recent research finding that removing men from the home can be part of a recipe for creating “exceptional” boys.
I didn’t go into this in my column, but have you ever noticed that “progress” increasingly seems like a bend around the cultural track back to our primal days? Well, consider what it would imply for men’s behavior if society accepted the notion that fathers needn’t be bound to the children whom they beget.

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