According to The Guardian, a United Nations report states that the role of fatherhood is changing and needs to be redefined.
Many children are now brought up in extended families, where they live with a stepfather, or a series of stepfathers and obtain their male guidance from various male relatives in the absence of their biological father. The phrase used to describe these men who live apart from their own children and bring up other children is “social fatherhood”. This sounds more like “disposable fatherhood” to me.
What about “virtual fatherhood” for those fathers who have an online family or “substitute fatherhood” for those surrogate dads and “absent fatherhood” for sperm donors?
What about those men who would like to have a shared care arrangement with their own children and be a father, without having to have the mother’s permission when to see their children? Are we still to call them “non-resident fathers”?
I feel the focus is wrong…