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.

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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Why Obama Never Says Abortion

Perhaps you noticed that President Obama became the first president to speak at a Planned Parenthood gala, without ever mentioning the word abortion.

This new poll suggests why: 55 percent of Americans, including 38 percent of pro-lifers, do not know that Planned Parenthood provides any abortions. Just 6 percent of all Americans know Planned Parenthood clinics perform more than 300,000 abortions each year.

Alongside the refusal of television and other media to cover the sensationally disturbing Gosnell trial, this fact alone exposes the extent of the Left’s cultural domination of the media-infotainment landscape. The culture war is a war over the power to “name reality.” The new, new Left is consciously exercising this power, shamelessly. Read More…

A Gay Son’s Love for His Father

Matt Salmon defends his father as loving and tolerant even though he doesn’t support same-sex marriage:  ““Whether I can legally marry in Arizona or not, it’s not going to change that fact and my father knows that and he accepts my desire to be with the man that I love. As far as it goes with marriage for him, it’s a matter of what marriage means to him. To him, marriage is defined as between a man and a woman. It has nothing to do with the way he views a person’s relationship, and that’s the thing that I think is hard for people to understand. . . .“My father loves me very much and he supports me and he respects me. He’s very much there for me as one of my closest friends. I think that was obvious in everything that he had to say.”

New Study: Will Same-Sex Marriage Benefit Same-Sex Couples?

Marriage generally makes men and women in opposite sex couples healthier, happier and better-off financially.  With the legal status of marriage have the same effect on same-sex couples?  Time will tell.  But a new study in the International Journal of Epidemiology in of all Danish couples (not a sample) finds that gay men who are married do not get the same mortality benefits as husbands married to wives.

Frisch and Simonsen, Feb 2013, “Marriage, Cohabitation and Mortality in Denmark: National Cohort Study of 6.5 million persons followed for up to three decades (1982-2011).

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Fat and Happy?

A new study suggests that the happier they are in marriage, the more likely spouses are to gain weight:

 

Spouses completed measures of height, weight, marital satisfaction, stress, steps toward divorce, and several covariates biannually for 4 years. Results: Supporting the mating market model, own and partner satisfaction were positively associated with changes in weight, and this association was mediated by steps toward divorce: Spouses who were less satisfied than usual or had partners who were less satisfied than usual were more likely to consider divorce and thus less likely to gain weight. Conclusions: These findings challenge the idea that quality relationships always benefit health, suggesting instead that spouses in satisfying relationships relax their efforts to maintain their weight because they are no longer motivated to attract a mate.

Mark Sanford and Rick Santorum

I just saw this news story, that Rick Santorum stumped for Mark Sanford’s GOP opponent in South Carolina.

 

Bless him.

 

I don’t think I could vote for Mark Sanford.  It’s not merely his sin, but his unrepentant and arrogant effort to surmount his sin.  He has not even married his mistress.  He has not reconciled with his wife who, with great dignity, refuses to engage.  I understand why some folks on public policy grounds will vote for him.  All I can say is: I would not.