Sunday Times: 2010/03/07

Unwanted men, we need you to curb the welfare Amazons

Minette Marrin
Are men surplus to requirements? The answer, after more than half a century of feminism and the welfare state, depends largely on class. Men from the employable and educated classes are still in strong demand among women. But much lower down the socioeconomic scale, among the least privileged, men have become β€” or have come to seem β€” entirely optional.

Already we have what the tabloid newspapers call an epidemic of single motherhood β€” young women who have chosen to have babies on welfare, without husbands or boyfriends. One in four mothers is single and more than half of these lone mothers have never lived with a man and survive on welfare.

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