Jul
17
2009

Time Marriage 'Concern' Really Just 'Attack on Liberals'

In Katha Pollitt's latest Nation column (7/15/09), she finds it "not hard to poke holes in" the July 2 Time magazine cover story by "Caitlin Flanagan–professional antifeminist, author of a whole book of essays attacking working mothers, herself excepted"–being full of "Flanagan's predictions of universal doom for the children of divorced or never-married parents": After all, President Clinton and President Obama turned out all right. Most children of divorce do. There are plenty of countries where divorce and unmarried parenthood are common, but children do fine–Sweden, France, Germany, the Netherlands. Some of the measured bad effects on kids are more […]

Jul
17
2009

Fox Race Rant 'More Than Silly'–'Ignorant and Bigoted'

The UNITY: Journalists of Color organization has a new press release (7/14/09) denouncing July 8 comments by Fox and Friends' Brian Kilmeade, in which he "made a crude and bafflingly ignorant attempt to dismiss a study on marriage and Alzheimer's that was conducted in Sweden and Finland." Kilmeade's remarks that "we [Americans] keep marrying other species and other ethnics," "Swedes have pure genes" and "in America we marry everybody" have the advocacy group declaring they "don't know where to begin": Did the study not apply to Americans because of racial intermarriage? Are racially integrated couples more likely to exacerbate the […]

Jul
09
2009

Time: Single Parents, Not Poverty, Bad for Kids

Guest blogging at Double X (7/2/09), Linda Hirshman takes on a Time magazine "cover story by working mother-scourge Caitlin Flanagan" that uses "the occasion of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford's staggeringly banal adultery to tell America that 'Marriage Matters.'" Specifically, Hirshman writes of Flanagan's contention that Marriage matters, because single-parent families are bad for children, the only people who count. "Drastically" bad: "On every single significant outcome … children from intact, two-parent families outperform those from single-parent households…. If you can measure it, a sociologist has; and in all cases, the kids living with both parents drastically outperform the others." […]