On average, it is better for women to raise children.
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Don't derail or argue in bad faith.
The debate is resolved that it is better for women to raise children.
Better is in reference to producing better outcomes for the children/ etc.
Obviously both men and women raise children, we are talking about the primary raisers here.
Typically characterized by those that stay at home and raise/tend to the children while the other partner/individual(s) works.
We are talking about on average, given all the information we can draw. An average rule of thumb per say.
We are not arguing that all women should raise the children, rather that on average, it would be better for them to do so.
All terms should be used by their commonplace understandings, and sematic twists of them will result in an automatic loss.
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- Obviously, both men and women raise children, we are talking about the primary raisers here. Typically characterized by those that stay at home and raise/tend to the children while the other partner/individual(s) works.
- We are not arguing that all women should raise the children, rather that on average, it would be better for them to do so.
- My case for this debate is simple but effective. This is an on the average debate, meaning we need to use empiricism and any available observation and data to justify the resolution. I believe the evidence that exists supports the idea that on average children should be raised by women, and we can present each in a systematic manner. Good luck to my opponent.
- "A new Gallup Poll shows that more than half of women in the U.S. with children under the age of 18, 56%, would prefer to stay home over going to work, and 39% of women without children under the age of 18 said they wanted the role of homemaker" (1).
- Now one could argue that just because a certain group wants to raise the children more on average, that does not necessarily mean it is better for them too. Thats right, however, there is a connection between this desire and the actions of women in thr workplace actions.
- For example according to data from Pew research center:
- "Mothers with children younger than 18 were more likely than fathers to say they needed to reduce their work hours, felt like they couldn’t give full effort at work, and turned down a promotion because they were balancing work and parenting responsibilities" (2).
- So mothers are more likely to take time off work for the sake of their children, to raise them, and fulfill parenting responsibilities. What stronger evidence exists that on average women are more willing to devote time to children. Well, perhaps another Pew research article provides just that. According to the piece titled "Women more than men adjust their careers for family life,"
- "Among working parents of children younger than 18, mothers in 2013 spent an average of 14.2 hours per week on housework, compared with fathers’ 8.6 hours. And mothers spent 10.7 hours per week actively engaged in child care, compared with fathers’ 7.2 hours" (3).
- Because mothers are more willing to spend time and attention on housework and childcare, we surely must conclude that it is better for these noble women to raise the youngest members of society: children.
- Another proposition we can make is an argument from psychology or tendency expanding from contention one.
- According to a large meta-analysis published in PubMed titled "Men and things, women and people: a meta-analysis of sex differences in interests," "Technical manuals for 47 interest inventories were used, yielding 503,188 respondents. Results showed that men prefer working with things and women prefer working with people, producing a large effect size" (4)
- Women prefer working with people and men prefer working with things and objects on average and this is one of the biggest psychological differences between men and women. And because of this tendency, it should follow that women would be better suited raising children than men.
- Men are also more violent on average and more likely to abandon and abuse their children.
- According to "Analyzing Gender Differences in Psychology women "are more likely to be mentally retarded—than women" and "men are more likely to abuse and abandon their children, and less likely to take care of their aging parents" (5).
- Given all these points, I believe that on average, it would be better if women raise the children.
- Onward to CON.
- CON admits that they agree with my stance, and thus, the resolution. CON
- The resolution states that on average it's better for women to raise children. I even acknowledged myself in my argument that desiring to raise children alone isn't enough to say they are better parents
- However, when we see that women are significantly more likely to take time off work, and dedicate time to raise their children it does reveal that women are more likely to be committed to raising their children.
- This is a significant indicator of who on average is more likely to provide the care the children need. If men are less willing to spend time on child care and raising children, women on average are better to raise children
- CON concedes the point that men are more likely to abuse and abandon children
- I agree with just that