Gender Display Versus Egalitarianism

The February issue of  the major journal American Sociological Review contains a study that answers the question: who has more sex in marriage?  People who divide chores equally or those who divide them on gender lines?

The answer is “gender display” trumps “gender equality” in terms of sexual performance.

At the heart of marriage is sex difference.  I would argue at the heart of female sexuality is a sense that men are protectors and providers not exploiters.  This doesn’t justify trampling your wife’s career dreams.  It means that gender neutral-ness is a recipe for relative asexuality:

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The New Normal Tanks

The New Normal, a show about two gay men having a family, was cancelled after just one season, along with a slew of new shows featuring gay characters, as HuffPo Gay Voices columnist Derek Harley notes.

Possibly the networks overestimated the appeal of gay themed shows (given that gays are not 25 percent of the population as most people think, but 2 around percent). Or possibly gays really are the new normal and so the frisson is lost.

Breakthrough News: How Two Moms Took Down the Common Core

Dear Friend,

Meet Heather Crossin and Erin Tuttle.

You can see them just below with APP’s Emmett McGroarty (whom Heather calls “The General” of the movement to repeal the Common Core) at a historic bill-signing ceremony with Indiana Governor Mike Pence making Indiana the first state to “pause” the Common Core State Standards.

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I know Emmett well and I’ve admired his thoughtfulness, his grit, and his determination to rollback what was essentially a secret plan between D.C. trade groups, the Gates Foundation, and the Obama administration to foist a set of untested standards on virtually every state in America.

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NRO: Two Moms vs. Common Core

Indiana has become the first state to retreat from the Common Core standards, as Governor Mike Pence has just signed a bill suspending their implementation.

A great deal has been written and spoken about Common Core, but it is worth rehearsing the outlines again. Common Core is a set of math and English standards developed largely with Gates Foundation money and pushed by the Obama administration and the National Governors Association. The standards define what every schoolchild should learn each year, from first grade through twelfth, and the package includes teacher evaluations tied to federally funded tests designed to ensure that schools teach to Common Core.

Over 40 states hurriedly adopted Common Core, some before the standards were even written, in response to the Obama administration’s making more than $4 billion in federal grants conditional on their doing so. Only Texas, Alaska, Virginia, and Nebraska declined. (Minnesota adopted the English but not the math standards.)

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Does Marriage Have a Purpose?

Ryan Anderson has a great piece up on RedState on the way in which the Justices, during oral arguments, tore down the argument that marriage laws represent discrimination against gay people, akin to race:

When a baby is born, a mother always is nearby. The question is whether a father will be involved in the life of that child and, if so, for how long.

Marriage increases the odds that a man will be committed to both the children that he helps create and to the woman with whom he does so.

The recent oral arguments at the Supreme Court highlighted this and other key questions about redefining marriage as we’ve always understood it in America. That is, marriage is the union of a man and woman as husband and wife to provide any children of that union with a father and a mother.Read More…

The Line Between Good and Evil

Dear friend,

Here is the question that lies so heavy on so many hearts:

What “radicalized” the brothers Tsarnaev?

How could these two young refugees, whom Americans welcomed with open arms, turn so viciously against us all?  What is it that turns young men into monsters?

Why?

The elder brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, seemed to fit our stereotypes of the Jihadist among us: friendless, failing, restless, a sudden turn to religious fervor, overseas travel. In the first few days, it was hard for the media to find any American who claimed to know and like Tamerlan.

What about Dzhokhar, the younger brother?  This 19 year old came over as a young child, grew up among us, an athlete, a good student, winner of a scholarship from Cambridge, one whose life abounded with American friends, all of whom testify he was a great guy, a normal kid, an American son.

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