by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

Two academics stoke the culture wars by claiming that blue states have the correct recipe for making families.

This widely-discussed book seems to be about the differences between red states and blue states, between socially conservative and socially liberal America. In fact, it is about the differences between college educated women and everyone else. You could say this book is the “soft power” version of class warfare. The rich are deliberately making war on the poor, not to expropriate their material resources, but to establish social hegemony. They want complete social approval and legal support for a lifestyle from which they benefit and which harms others. (more…)

 

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D.

This article was first published July 18, 2004 at National Catholic Register.com.

If it has become a modern article of faith that all differences between men and women are socially constructed, then this new book is heresy.

This secularist creed of the church of political correctness brooks no dissent or disagreement. So Professor Steven Rhoads’ book Taking Sex Differences Seriously amounts to 97 theses tacked on the door of a modern cathedral. (more…)

 

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

This article was first published November 1, 2001 at National Catholic Register.com.

In general it is a bad idea to give space to bad ideas.

But some bad ideas receive so much attention that a response is necessary. Ann Crittenden’s new book is in this category.

The problem begins with the TITLE: The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued (Metropolitan Books, 2001). Strictly speaking, motherhood is not a job at all. It is a vocation. The family is not just a special case of something else, like a job or a contractual obligation. The all-important human endeavor of raising children, creating relationships and building up families needs to be described and defended on its own terms. Describing motherhood in the language of commerce and employment contributes to the commercialization of society in general and the family in particular. (more…)

 

by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

This article was originally published in the Acton Institute’s November and December 1994 issue.

The starting point for most discussions of women’s issues is the observation that women earn less money than men, with income equality as the implicit touchstone for the desirability of policies, personal or public. But defining one’s well-being in terms of one’s income is not self-evidently correct. In fact, it is extremely problematic to argue that one’s income is an accurate measure of one’s wealth, even on strictly economic grounds. (more…)

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