It kills me how those stereotypes influence how society in general sees single parents depending on gender. Single mothers are often cast as irresponsible/trashy while single fathers are idealized, with this underlying assumption that raising their child is somehow above and beyond what is expected of, you know, a *father.*
Not that single parents aren't going above and beyond anyway, but rarely do single mothers get awarded that same respect because it's just assumed that as a woman, she should handle the responsibility of parenting--a cultural attitude often served with a side of "You had sex with a man you shameful slut, now deal with the consequences. And don't you dare ask for government assistance."