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“EXCLUSIVE: The Biology of
Nurturing Fathers” By Louise W. Knight

“A new study that finds testosterone declines in proportion to nurturing fatherhood is mind-blowing in many ways that are meaningful for family life and our understanding of fatherhood.

I was afraid that the findings would be used against nurturing men, taunting them with loss of virility and status along with “loss” of testosterone, so I hope you will all share this supportive analysis with all those women and men who are trying so hard to reinvent parenting on kinder, gentler terms.

Louise Knight, whose book about the early reformer Jane Addams I really loved, does a good job of summarizing them in this Women’s Media Center “Exclusive”:

Black Youth Project

Photo: BlackYouthProject.com

By Louise W. Knight
Women’s Media Center

The act of daily childcare changes fathers hormonally, and that’s all to the good of their families. The author discusses what feminists have long suspected.

The headlines were certainly eye-catching. “Fatherhood Depletes Testosterone” (Los Angeles Times), “Father’s Testosterone Drops Steeply after Baby Arrives” (Fox News website).

And the stories stressed the same point. The LA Times led with, “Hormonally speaking, becoming a father may make you less of man.” Fox News led with, “A father’s testosterone level drops steeply after his baby arrives.”  They were writing about the research finding that a new father’s testosterone levels dropped temporarily when a new baby came home….

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