The New Singleness

by Maggie Gallagher

October 20, 2011 http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2011/10/4164

The decline of manhood and norms around sex, marriage, and family produces for young women what may in fact have to be endured. But it shouldn’t be celebrated.

In the cover story of the November Atlantic magazine, Kate Bolick declares her liberation from marriage: “It’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family–and to acknowledge the end of ‘traditional’ marriage as society’s highest ideal.” (more…)

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by Maggie Gallagher

This article was first published August 23, 2011, at  thepublicdiscourse.com.

Presidential candidates in the next election should uphold marriage as the union of one man and one woman. (more…)

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By Maggie Gallagher

This article was originally published at mindingthecampus.com on July 23, 2011.
John Garvey, the new President of Catholic University, announced last week that the university will return to single sex dorms. Many feathers were ruffled. It is a measure of the unisex madness in which we have become enmeshed that a Catholic university’s decision to house unmarried young men and women in separate dorms could be described as “controversial.”
Garvey announced his decision in a Wall Street Journal op ed.  He cited his own experience as the father of five kids, and a handful of social science studies to affirm the obvious:  When adolescents freed from the constraints of family life, are tossed into the same dorms, they are more likely to do dumb things. Garvey writes, “Christopher Kaczor at Loyola Marymount points to a surprising number of studies showing that students in co-ed dorms (41.5%) report weekly binge drinking more than twice as often as students in single-sex housing (17.6%). Similarly, students in co-ed housing are more likely (55.7%) than students in single-sex dorms (36.8%) to have had a sexual partner in the last year–and more than twice as likely to have had three or more.” (more…)
 

by Maggie Gallagher, founder of the National Organization for Marriage

This article was first published May 26, 2011, at www.patheos.com.

Some say that no one will oppose gay marriage a few decades from now. They used to say the same about abortion.

When I was, well, a few years younger than Tim Muldoon is today, the message of despair now directed at marriage was directed at the pro-life movement. All the powerful elites favored abortion. Media coverage of anyone who was pro-life was dreadful. All the wives of Republican power-brokers favored abortion rights. If you said you opposed abortion, people would shout, “You are calling my sister a murderer!” They informed me that by the time I turned 50, the pro-life movement would be dead because young people were so pro-choice. (more…)

 

By Maggie Gallagher

Last month, facing the problem of Muslim assimilation, British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced multiculturalism and called for a new “muscular liberalism” as the basis for a shared national identity.

Applauding conservatives, beware. (more…)