Are Some Progressive Dads Afraid of Raising Sons?
We interrupt this nonstop electoral programming for an update from the progressive parenting looney-bin. Here, courtesy the always-reliable New York Times, is an article actually entitled “The Fear of Having a Son.” It begins like this:
When my son, Macallah, …
“He that will not work shall not eat (except by sickness he be disabled). For the labors of thirty or forty honest and industrious men shall not be consumed to maintain a hundred and fifty idle loiterers.” – John Smith, 1609
Trump’s Child-Care Proposal: Be Like Sweden?
There may be valid criticisms of the Trump (Ivanka as much as Donald) child-care proposal, but the New York Times and the Huffington Post did not find them.
As is always the case with new proposed social spending, the New …
No, Cutting Family-Planning-Program Funding Didn’t Increase Texas’s Maternal-Mortality Rate
A recent article in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology has received a good deal of media coverage over the past month, as it reports a consistent increase in the U.S. maternal mortality rate since 2000. However, most of the attention …
The Moral of the Simone Biles Story
We know that America is feeling like a cancer patient at the moment. Doctors explain that there are only two options: amputate a limb or rely on chemotherapy that might save the limb but also might kill us. We shuffle …
Do Children of Same-Sex Parents Suffer from Higher Rates of Depression, Obesity, and Suicidal Ideation?
Of all the battles over same-sex relationships, fewer are more contentious (or harder to resolve) than the battle over same-sex parenting. The phenomenon is new enough and rare enough that it’s hard to obtain large enough sample sizes or to …
Home Is Where the Heart Is
‘I can’t believe we blew this.”
Marco Rubio had just spoken to a group of pastors and other faith leaders. And the overwhelming reaction was to think of him as “the one that got away.” He seemed to perfectly …
Two Views of the End Times: Family
Now, let’s take a look at the gentlemen. The first episode introduces the family of Horace and Pete: The old fight the young; the women, the men; the disinherited, the inheritors. We learn about men’s sins and crimes against women. …
A Writer, a Radio Host, a Theologian & a Marriage Innovator on the Joy of Love
Over the weekend, I sent some experts and observers a few general questions about that new apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis on love. (I shared some other insights earlier today here.)
Here’s what I got back from Greg Erlandson, …
Better Together: Religious Attendance, Gender, and Relationship Quality
Is religious faith of any benefit to contemporary couples? This question has been the subject of controversy, especially in the wake of reports and studies suggesting that evangelical Protestants, among others, face higher rates of divorce than the population at …
Progressives’ Perverted View of Parenthood
Think the pro-abortion movement couldn’t get any more despicable? Then you probably haven’t noticed its latest tactic: insisting that society must “end the taboo” against women who regret having had their children. From pro-abortion organization NARAL’s Twitter …
The ‘Don’t Try to Out-Democrat the Democrats’ Argument Isn’t an Argument
Heather Wilhelm’s most recent NRO column has an entertaining send-up of the interview Ivanka Trump gave to Cosmo last week, in which Ivanka seemed surprised at the reporter’s skeptical view of her father’s recently announced family policy …
Rapunzel wasn’t raised by her mother. In the traditional fairy tale, her father was caught in a witch’s garden, stealing rampion greens (in German, rapunzel) to feed to his pregnant wife. Faced with an angry witch in a …
The Right Way to Make Families Great Again
The most newsworthy part of Donald Trump’s economic speech earlier this week, at least in the policy world, was his proposal to help American families by making the cost of child care tax deductible up to a certain amount.
The Wounds Public Policy Can’t Heal
My new favorite podcast is Revisionist History, Malcolm Gladwell’s weekly look back at stories that have been “misunderstood” or “overlooked.” Anyone who follows Gladwell’s work knows that he’s no fan of elite higher education — or, more precisely, …
Latest Out-of-Wedlock Birthrates
The federal government last week came out with its latest numbers on out-of-wedlock birthrates, by race and ethnicity. Nothing new or surprising, but disturbing and depressing nonetheless.
The preliminary data for 2015 show 40.2 percent of all births were out of wedlock, …
Making Welfare Work Again
The key to understanding America’s social-welfare system today — and why it needs to be reformed — is not its bloated annual budget but its tendency to undermine the two most dependable routes out of poverty: work and marriage.
Let’s call this the most unsurprising headline of the year so far: “Marriage Increases The Odds Of Surviving Cancer, Studies Find.” Next thing you know they’ll be discovering that salt makes you thirsty. I’m not actually belittling …
When Ronda Rousey Pondered Suicide, the Thought of Motherhood Brought Her Back
Yesterday the internet lit up with news that Ronda Rousey considered suicide after her shocking loss to Holly Holm at UFC 196. By the time of her bout, Rousey had become a feminist icon, someone who wasn’t content to be the …
Bioethicists Okay Three-Parent Babies
Of course they do!
A bioethics panel has okayed the eventual manufacture of babies with three biological parents. From the NPR story:
“The committee concludes that it is ethically permissible” to conduct such experiments, the report says, but then goes …