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So what about the inverse of the trope (not often seen, but it is possible—and increasingly likely these days) in which a boy is raised by a lesbian couple?
I'm noticing that in a lot of the examples, the fact that the character was raised by a man or group of men seems incidental to the fact that whoever raised them was abusive or otherwise dysfunctional, or the character was a Child Soldier raised by the military. How much of a distinction should we be making here?
Not much. I've modified the intro so that dysfunctions isn't directly tied in, just a common occurrence. The focus is on the circumstance of there being no women in the character's formative years.
i changed the real life bit from Wall Banger to Double Standard as single parents 'are' turned down for adoption often.
I agree that the trope is a Double Standard but I think the current second paragraph is a bit mis-aimed. The trope isn't about dudes being bad at nurturing babies, per se, it's more about their dude-ish behaviour influencing the growing child and leading to it becoming bad at social interaction, esp. with women. The Unfortunate Implications are the same — dudes raising kids is bad news! They need a mommy! — but I don't think it gets there quite in the way the description suggests right now.
I edited it a bit. Earlier version was "Often comes with the Unfortunate Implication that, in the absence of women, men are at best mediocre at raising children, especially little girls, and are just terrible when it comes to nurturing and caring for a newborn baby. Can set up a Double Standard for Real Life House Husbands and single dads."
The same people who object to gay marriage for this reason object to single parenting. In any case that is neither here nor there. It is unfair to site controversial subjects without giving opponents a chance to reply and opponents don't have a chance to reply on the Main lest they receive the Natter Scarlet Letter.
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How well does it match the trope?