“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” – Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it”.
— Clarence Budington Kelland.


kiranDoes everyone truly get a chance to receive the “scraps of wisdom” or a chance to “watch”? My name is Kiran Thomas, Canadian Centre for Men and Families researcher. Join me for this ongoing series as I share with you my study in the exploration of masculinity, fatherhood, alienation, with special emphasis on the importance and the challenges of fatherhood in current times in which the need of fathers are being questioned.


The articles we post will constitute a weekly series which has been/will be created while learning about parental alienation and the monstrous effect of it on the generations to come. I don’t have all the answers but some facts and a wish to learn more. We can always blame parental alienation as a product of the nature of divorce and the disintegration of the spousal relationship in our culture, but the real question remains whether we act or remain mum…

We are answerable to a lost and confused next generation. Do we still continue to create more struggling Atlas’ or aching Prometheus’?

The series will focus on these topics:

Part 1: Masculinity: 21st October 2014
Part 2: Importance of male models in a child’s life: 4th November 2014
Part 3: Father as a role model in a girl’s life: 11th November 2014
Part 4: Father as a role model in boy’s life: 18th November 2014
Part 5: Statistics on children who grow up in fatherless families: 25th November 2014
Part 6: Father and their fragile positions: 16 December 2014
Part 7: Divorce and custody: 7th January 2014
Part 8: Parental Alienation:  14th December 2014

We will learn together the role of fathers in contemporary society. Are fathers absolutely indispensable or are they on the road to extinction? Are they being turned into villains in their own children’s minds?  Check back regularly at equalitycanada.com. Your thoughts and suggestions will be appreciated.

Disclaimer : Some of the topics may slightly evolve and alter as we progress with the study.