The attack on traditional family life continues as January Jones declares her son is better off without a father, in an interview with Red Magazine’s February issue. Her son, Xander Jones, is five years old, and Ms. Jones has chosen not to reveal who his father is.
The actress became a single mother at the age of 33, and in the interview seems bitter in her emphasis of not wanting men around her son. “My younger sisters and my mom and my doula were in the room; my brother-in-law and my dad were next door. I only wanted women with me, female energy.”
“Xander has a lot of bro time with the neighbor dads and my dad, who is super young,” she says. “It’s good to have strong women around a man to teach him to respect women. He doesn’t have a male person saying ‘don’t cry’ or ‘you throw like a girl. All those s–tty things that dads accidentally do. I just don’t feel I need a partner.”
As much as Jones thinks she doing right by her son, she is choosing to do him a disservice. Many studies show that children develop healthier senses of security, responsibility, and respect when raised with a father around.
A Princeton study from 2004 concluded fatherless children are almost three times more likely to end up in prison by the time they are 30. Children who are raised with a father are surveyed to experience fewer emotional and behavioral difficulties, and are two times less likely to consider or attempt suicide, according to a 2003 Lancet report.
The American Sociological Review studied parental practices and high school completion, and found fatherless teenagers were nine times more likely to drop out of school.
As successful as Jones is in her career life, her personal abilities and wealth are not a significant enough deterrent to curb the possibility of any of these outcomes. The Journal of Research on adolescence determines that household income does not directly affect parenting. The role of a father is priceless.
Jones is not perfect. Neither are most nuclear families, but is it nearly impossible to argue that being raised without a father is better than being raised with one. As much as the postmodern society tries to protect children from uncomfortable ideas such as the consequences of broken family structures, it is vitally more important to learn to to face obstacles in a healthy way than to avoid them altogether.