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Children are dying because two-parent households are so revered

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16.05.2019

Her name was Katy. She had a small pointy face like a bird and a long dark pony tail that ran down her back as straight as a pencil. “You’re a bastard” she squarked. As we were only nine or 10, I didn’t really understand. She smiled as the confusion spread across my face. “Because you don’t have dad!”. And with that she darted off.

I have been acutely aware that I have been brought up in a single parent family, but not because of the absence of my father growing up – my life has been full to the brim of love and support – but because of how other people have responded to it. Quite recently, the CEO of a publishing house, in an entirely professional meeting, asked me very casually about the details of my relationship with my dad. I should have been surprised but I wasn’t.

What is surprising, however, is that the world still thinks something is seriously wrong if a child doesn’t have two parents in their lives. In fact, clearly, the world believes that access to both parents is so essential they will risk children’s lives for it.

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