Thursday, March 19, 2015

Who is the Father of my Baby?

This is one of the most frequently asked questions on Question and Answer websites. Why?

I have had an account at the online Q&A site Web Answers for a few years, and I find it disconcerting that so many women ask this question. I did a search on the site this morning, and found 54 pages of about 30 questions per page. They were all asking the question: “Who is the father of my child?”

That means that on just this one website more than 1600 women wrote in to ask strangers for help in calculating their ovulation cycles. Am I the only one who finds this line of questioning to be just a bit too much information?

I know that the anonymity of the internet makes users more comfortable to share personal information that they normally would not say to a roomful of strangers, but to disclose the days when they had sex with each of the contenders and correlate a chart of their most fertile days seems just a little icky to me.

Ovulation charts and icky personal information notwithstanding, how sad is it that thousands of children are being raised by mothers who are not sure who their fathers are? I know we can’t legislate morality. Perhaps we just need more education about the facts of life and where babies come from.

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