Posted on | June 10, 2014 | 66 Comments
The #YesAllWomen hashtag has been going crazy all day because of a Washington Post column by Brad Wilcox and Robin Wilson which demonstrates — as a matter of social science — what all social scientists already know: Marriage is highly correlated with good outcomes for women and children. This isn’t really controversial, if you have paid attention to the research, but feminists don’t give a damn about research if the facts contradict their theories, and feminist theory has been implacably hostile to marriage for more than 40 years. Here are two charts from the Wilcox/Wilson article:
As you can see, (a) rates of domestic violence against women are highest for single mothers and (b) child abuse rates are lowest for children living with married biological parents.
The very worst environment for children, in terms of abuse, is to live with an unmarried parent and that parent’s live-in boyfriend or girlfriend. You’ll also notice, interestingly, that rates of domestic abuse are slightly higher for married women who have children, as opposed to childless married women; however, the rates are still far lower for married moms than for single mothers.
Of course, correlation is not causation, and all such social-science data require analysis and contextualization. However, the data clearly contradict the feminist dogma which blames “patriarchy” — i.e., the social norms of the traditional family — for abuse. But the influence of feminism in academia and in the media is now so powerful that when social scientists try to call attention to research that shows the traditional family in a favorable light, the denunciations are loud, emotional and deliberately vituperative:
WaPo Editorial Page Goes Neanderthal
For Second Time In A Week
– Caitlin McNeal, Talking Points Memo
Being pro-marriage is now “Neanderthal,” no matter how much research data you produce in support of your argument.
Feminist theory is utterly impervious to evidence. If there is anything feminists hate more than they hate men, it’s facts and logic.