There is only so much you can do to dig into the back story of Genarlow Wilson, but, dare I say it, it seems that Senator Douglas was right when he suggested there might have been an absence of fathers in the picture? Based on a Lexis-Nexis search for the old articles about the case and talking with people familiar with the case, it seems at least one of the girls was in a fatherless family.
And again, please feel free to use this thread to beat Senator Douglas and me up, but I think he was substantive right — girls and boys are both more likely to act out irresponsibly, and in typically sexually immature ways, when they are without male role models.
The failure of our society to deal honestly with the problems created by single parent households is going to come back to haunt us. And that everyone wants to pile on Senator Douglas when he makes a statement that could, for many of us, be logically concluded based on the facts presented and, in fact, appears to be a fact, is an inherent problem in this conversation. You all can be angry with us and accuse of racism or whatever you want, but the fact remains that children who are raised by moms and dads together, while not perfect and frequently with problems, are more typically better off and less prone to such activities.
As an aside, a friend of mine is a higher up at the CDC and was recently telling me about a study they recently released that got very little notice. The study focused on the health of children by household type, i.e. kids raised by two parent heterosexual families, two parents gay families, two parent grandparent families, two parent relative families, single parent female families, single parent male families, etc.
The study concluded what common sense should tell us — children raised in a two parent heterosexual household have the best mental and physical health of any group, except one — and this is where the real surprise came in. Know which type of family had a child with the overall best physical and mental health?
Single parent families where the single parent is the father. That surprised all the researchers.