DNA tests are an anti-feminist appliance of science, a change in the balance of power between the sexes that we’ve hardly come to terms with. And that holds true even though many women have the economic potential to provide for their children themselves…Uncertainty allows mothers to select for their children the father who would be best for them. The point is that paternity was ambiguous and it was effectively up to the mother to name her child’s father, or not… Many men have, of course, ended up raising children who were not genetically their own, but really, does it matter…in making paternity conditional on a test rather than the say-so of the mother, it has removed from women a powerful instrument of choice.
The “gotcha” element of this is somewhat muted by the fact that the ideological viewpoint of the author (Melanie McDonagh) isn’t as clear as I’d like; while she seems to legitimately dislike(!) the idea of paternity testing, and thows around some feminist-like language, I couldn’t reliably say whether she’s using that language on her own behalf, or essentially attributing it to others. It’s pretty damn striking to see someone coming out in favor of fraud, though.