This study, according to eFluxMedia, says “men really adore children.” This bizarre conclusion is apparently derived from data suggesting that more men than women adopt children. The study found that about twice as many men, in fact, adopt kids. From which information the article’s author concludes that the notion of responsibility-shirking men is a “myth,” and anyone who says otherwise is “wrong.”
I get that dude couples who are desperate to replicate the basic unit of patriarchy, the nuclear family, have little choice but to adopt. But how many of them are there, really, compared to the number of dudes who marry a woman’n’kids package and end up adopting the kids? And how many single straight dudes yearn for the pitter-patter of little adopted feet?
So what about it? Does “adopt” = “adore”? Or, as I am required by the Spinster Aunt Code to cynically suspect, are there benefits to dudely adopters that transcend the simple joys of parental bliss?