An economic tie traditionally binds both wife and children to the father as the provider. It is this bond which enables the father to act in an authoritarian manner, subjugating the wife and any children. This bond is a major factor hindering the emancipation of the woman.
The key problem of the underclass - the cradle of crime, violence, and poverty - is the failure of the socialization of young men through marriage. Yet nearly all social welfare strategies - subsidies, training opportunities, therapies - are aimed at helping women function without husbands.