this question is the product of several pints of bitter, but why? Why are dads so dispensable? Teacher women can do without them financially - a single-mum TA in our school has just found out she's only £20 a week worse off without a job than with one, so god knows where that leaves the dad in the "necessary-human" stakes .So is the only thing a dad has to offer some money? Why are dads considered such s*** (I now know the swaer thing!) Why do women feel so determined to do without one just cos they can? Isthe role of husband(substitute) now so far beyond a man's capability that we'd just as soon not bother? What effect can this have on the next lot of kids?