60 minutes program, “Mum’s the word” puts down young fathers
60 Minutes aired a program Monday 13th 2009 called ‘Mum’s the word” with reporter Karen McCarthy. It showed the classroom of one school in New Zealand that has young single mothers and their children attending to give the mothers a chance to stay at school and make something of their lives.
How far we have come from putting our young pregnant women out of sight and adopting out their babies. How we have come to give them a chance to grow into worthy citizens in society and how wonderful for their lives to mean more than just a mother.
But…. how sad for 60 minutes to provide New Zealand viewers with lies about the fathers.
“The fathers are not involved. The males only want sex and no responsibility”, is basically what all of New Zealand was told.
So I had to write a letter to put this right.
I commend you on reporting the wonderful work New Zealand does for young single mothers who choose to keep their children.
However, you have reported that the fathers are not involved. I think it is very sad that you did not include a father’s group in your documentary who could tell you of the father’s involvement and the hardship our young fathers face to be in the lives of their children.
Young men are not all about sex. They are equally sensitive and confused becoming a young parent and they never forget they have a child.
For starters they will be paying child support to the government or the mother for 19 years of the child’s life and they will always be under the females mood and that of her family as to whether they can spend time with their child.
In future please consider that our males are not all that we have made them out to be over the past 40 years and how hard it is for them to live with the stigma society forces on them.
I am pleased to see our society listen to the wants of our young women but I also think we need to start listening to the wants of our young men.
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