The question of the importance of family structure, specifically marriage, is back in the limelight. Conservatives are promoting three papers that provide some strong evidence that children raised by married parents do better along a number of dimensions than those raised in other household forms. For many commentators, this makes for a strong case […]
Imagine that the creation of the U.S. Department of Marriage is announced tomorrow. The Department employs a team of social scientists tasked with predicting the outcomes of various marriage types. The team analyzes data about the effects of parental income, educational attainment, criminal record, job status, etc. on children’s health, depression, school performance, and long-term […]
I have an op-ed at USA Today this morning (in print on Monday supposedly) addressing the predictions of doomsday that have been made every time marriage or gender roles change and how those predictions never really materialize:
As conservatives rightly make fun of all the failed predictions of economic and ecological collapse […]
[The following is a guest post by Lauren K. Hall, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rochester Institute of Technology.]
Christopher Freiman thinks it might be time to legalize polygamy now that same-sex marriage is a legally protected right nation-wide. I’m not so sure.
Freiman’s main contention is that “all of the standard […]
Chris Freiman asks: why not polygamy?
Is it time to grant polygamous marriages the same legal recognition as monogamous marriages? I think it is and here’s why: all of the standard objections to polygamous marriage can apply to heterosexual monogamous marriage as well.
One important objection is that polygamous marriages tend to reinforce traditional, inegalitarian gender norms. This strikes me as […]