Visiting America in the 1830’s, the German traveller Francis J. Grund found a land characterized by “early marriage,” “the sanctity of the marriage vow,” “rapid increase of population,” and “domestic happiness.” Indeed, he saw “the domestic virtue of the Americans as the principle source of all their other qualities,” including democratic governance.Allan C. Carlson
At the end of the 1950s, the prematurely deceased Serbian poet Branko Miljković wrote the famous verses in which he asked himself “Will freedom itself sing as slaves have sung of it?”Miša Đurković
When in October 2015 the World Congress of Families adopted its World Family Declaration, it did so remind us of the fact that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State,” as proclaimed in Article 16(3) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is a truth echoed in many of the world’s national constitutions.Pavel A. Parfentiev
Fighting to preserve marriage in Switzerland: vote on Sunday
September 24, 2021
I am very proud of the valiant campaign being waged by our friends and allies in Switzerland through the “No to Marriage for All” coalition.
BREAKING: U.S. House of Representatives to vote on imposing abortion as a federal right
September 23, 2021
Intent on eliminating all state restrictions on abortion, HR 3755 is the most radical abortion bill ever considered by the US Congress.
If only it were true: rhetoric versus reality in Biden’s speech to the United Nations
September 23, 2021
The US President speaks about strengthening “universal principles”. But his actions, specifically towards the family, are quite another thing. And yes, his actions and his words will indeed “reverberate for generations to come”.
Democrats look to rig US elections, including how congressional districts are drawn
September 21, 2021
Nancy Pelosi’s “For The People Act,” will force the use of “independent” redistricting commissions to draw congressional district lines, but the experience from California should give people reason for concern.
Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters by Abigail ShrierTwisting the Knife
The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women, and the Consequences of Having—or Being Denied—an Abortion by Diana Greene FosterThe Burden of the Bondwoman
Broken Bonds Jennifer Lahl, Melinda Tankard Reist, and Renate Klein (eds.)Spinifex, 2019; 140 pages, $24.95 Charlie Sheen gained fame as an actor, but notoriety as a john. When a judge asked him why a man of his status would have any need for commercial coitus, Sheen is reported to have explained that he wasn’t paying […]Identity Crisis
Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics Mary EberstadtTempleton Press, 2019; 192 pages, $24.95 It is commonplace, though surely justified, to lament the extreme polarization of public life. With the launching of impeachment proceedings during an election year, those divisions seem unlikely to dissipate soon. Related and in some cases underlying this division […]
In many countries around the world, the meaning of marriage has changed dramatically over the past decades. From being an important and even crucial component of a successful life, marriage is increasingly seen as one option among many. Nowhere is this more true than in Nordic countries like Sweden, in which most couples experience long cohabitation periods before marriage, and many forego it altogether. Nonetheless, important distinctions remain, and researchers from the University of Stockholm seek to better understand the relationship between couples’ intentions to marry, and whether those intentions become reality.A Dwindling Dating Pool
Commentators have noticed for some time now the seeming dearth of “marriageable” men, i.e. the ones with education, employment, and income comparable to women’s. Many factors have been blamed for this trend—lack of economic opportunity, higher rates of female education, a crunched labor market. Now, researchers from Cornell, Brigham Young, and South Utah Universities have joined together for a systematic study of this phenomenon in America.Children Achieving Less
Researchers have long understood that parental divorce tends to lead to lower educational attainment for children. Now, a group of scholars seek to understand exactly how this trend occurs.Growing Old, With Family and Friends
Given the past century’s dramatic increases in life expectancy, at least for those living in developed nations, much research is now centering on how to increase the quality of those additional years of life. Adding to this research is a new paper assessing how marriage, parenthood, and social network impacts the subjective well-being and mental health of older adults.