Chesterton.PNGI’ve been reading Chesterton lately (What’s Wrong with the World).  He was writing in a very different social context—in England, a hundred years ago—but a lot of it sounds surprisingly familiar.  Some of the dynamics between men and women, for example, may be more universal (and to a more specific level of detail) than I had assumed.

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Via The Volokh Conspiracy: Wonkblog breathlessly reports on “The disturbing differences in what men want in their wives and their daughters”:

When asked what qualities they want in in a wife, American heterosexual men said they value “attractive” and “sweet” women, a national survey recently found. Only 34 percent, however, said they wanted a romantic partner who is “independent.”

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Feminism = Liberalism?

September 23, 2014

Damon Linker at The Week asks, “Is ‘feminism’ just another word for ‘liberalism’?”  What do you think?

He (mostly) sounds like a liberal, for whatever it’s worth—e.g., he states without qualification, “Women continue to be paid less than men for the same work,” which we know either isn’t true or isn’t known—but even he is struck by the implicit tension between different “waves” of feminist doctrine.

Is this politically savvy anti-abortion woman an anti-feminist? Or a feminist role model?

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People love to compare those who want to maintain the traditional legal definition of marriage (one man and one woman) to those who supported laws against interracial marriage in the American South in the first half of the twentieth century.

It’s a terrible argument, but people keep making it, even (most recently) a federal appeals-court judge.

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