The ranks of do-it-alone dads are increasing, and many of these men are becoming single fathers by choice, reports the New York Times. There are no specific statistics, but evidence suggests that both gay and straight single men are increasingly seeking fatherhood. “I absolutely would want a partner, but I couldn’t let my life wait for that random event," said one dad-to-be.
Some men are adopting while others, seeking the legal security of a genetic link, are working with surrogates. Sociologists say notions of gender equality have fueled the trend. “There’s a new sense of masculinity that incorporates being a single father,” said one expert. Men seeking to be dads are “accomplished and successful in the business world, but also very loving and caring.”