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MEET THE NEW POLYGAMY — Or, Perhaps, the New Patriarchy?

February 18th, 2015 Comments off

by Jennifer Johnson

This article was first published at Clash Daily on February 15, 2015.

Did you see this article in the Hollywood Reporter?

23 Hollywood Moms with Same Sperm Donor and One Crazy Vacation

It gives a glowing account of 23 Hollywood moms who have used the same sperm donor to conceive children. Given the growing acceptance of sperm donation, I think it’s time we talk about the archaic, polygamous family structure that sperm donation is resurrecting. First I will show what this ancient family structure looks like by drawing from a well known historical reference and creating a diagram of it. Then I will show how the “new” family structure resembles the old when both are rendered according to genetic ties. Then I will compare these with the monogamous natural family structure. Read more…

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Why conservatives must embrace “Children’s Equality”

December 18th, 2014 Comments off
The new inequality: childrens' needs vs. adults' desires

The new inequality: childrens’ needs vs. adults’ desires

I was talking to Dr. Morse yesterday, and asked her to think back to when she was a young girl in school. “How many kids were from divorced families?” I asked her. She said she could think of one. The rest lived with their married biological parents. Before the Sexual Revolution, there used to be an important and unrecognized equality among children: nearly every child lived with his/her married parents.

Let’s think for a moment about what the Sexual Revolution has done to equality from the child’s point of view. In the name of adult sexual liberation, we now have a tremendous amount of family/structural inequality among children. Some kids live with their married parents, and many do not:

  • Nearly 40% of births are out of wedlock
  • A majority of teens don’t live in intact families
  • One in three children live in single parent homes

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Wanted: Academic Freedom, (or even just a decent conversation)

October 29th, 2014 Comments off

My friend Robert Oscar Lopez has been writing about his on-going problem of being systematically harassed by the Gay Establishment.  One of the precipitating events was the “Bonds that Matter” conference, held in Simi Valley, CA, on October 3.

My organization, the Ruth Institute, was proud to act as co-sponsor to that historic event.  The conference gathered together experts on a variety of current policies that damage the legitimate interests of children: their interests in having stable relationships with both their parents, and in having a secure knowledge of their own heritage and identity.  The Ruth Institute enthusiastically supports these objectives. I spoke on the problem of divorce.

Many of Dr. Lopez’s students were in attendance at this event. I could tell that much of this material was new to them. As I was speaking, I was watching “the wheels turning” in their minds, as they considered my points that no-fault, unilateral divorce creates structural injustices for children. Read more…

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AB 1951, the “Gay Birth Certificate” bill

August 27th, 2014 Comments off

natural marriage limits the stateI have always tried to argue that there is a very serious civil outcome to redefining marriage, and it has nothing to do with religious liberty or the idea of “sacramental marriage.”

Since marriage is society’s primary way of acknowledging and understanding parenthood, redefining marriage redefines parenthood. Here in California, the affects of “SSM” and redefining parenthood are rapidly making their way through the legislature. Last year, Gov. Brown signed a bill allowing three or more legal parents for children, which was inspired by a “SSM” custody dispute.

Now we have this: AB 1951. This bill will change birth certificates to allow for a gender neutral option for parents. Gay couples will be able to list both of themselves on the child’s birth certificate. California recently did away with the terms “husband” and “wife,” because of “SSM,” and the lead legislator for that measure said that those terms were outdated and biased. I suppose we can infer the same thing for “mother” and “father.”  Read more…

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The inequality of “marriage equality”

July 22nd, 2014 Comments off

the inequality of marriage equalityNote: since “equality” is paramount for “marriage equality” supporters, next time you are discussing the marriage issue with them, point out their unequal arguments and also how “marriage equality” is contributing to children’s inequality. See what their response is.

“Marriage equality” relies on unequal arguments. When it comes to “rights,” “marriage equality” supporters make arguments based on gay rights, but they refuse to accept arguments based on children’s rights. When it comes to “outcomes,” they refuse to argue about the outcomes of gay sexual activity, but will argue about the various studies regarding children’s outcomes under various family structures. Not only do they argue unequally, “marriage equality” is contributing to children being treated unequally under the law. Read more…

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Asking the Right Questions about Marriage

July 21st, 2014 Comments off

Over at The Public Discourse, Professor Emeritus Jameson W. Doig of Princeton began a dialogue with Professor Robert George also of Princeton on the proper definition of marriage today. Professor Doig’s point appears to be that Professor George has not been consistent in his views. My point is not to defend Professor George: he is a big boy and can take care of himself.

My point is that Professor Doig’s entire article avoids some important questions. How will redefining marriage redefine parenthood? Are we happy with that redefinition? And do we really want to change the relationship between the State and the citizen in the way that this redefinition really entails?

The problem begins with Professor Doig’s very first paragraph.

I want to begin with two Vermonters, Ann and Ellen, who have been together as a couple for more than thirty years. They have three children—Bert, who has graduated from college and is now married (to Maria) and working in a small business in Vermont, and Alison and Beth, who are in high school, both doing well in their academic work and excelling in soccer. One of the three is adopted, and Ann is the birth-mother of the other two.

Ripped out of the picture, by design.

Ripped out of the picture, by design.

Do you see who is missing from this equation?  Without knowing anything else about this family, we know that the father of Ann’s biological children has been safely and legally escorted off the stage. The children will never have the opportunity to have a relationship with their father.

Most children have a legally recognized right to know and be cared for by both of their Read more…

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Tweeting about the Children of Divorce

July 9th, 2014 Comments off
Life, not just summer, is complicated for children of divorce.

Life, not just summer, is complicated for children of divorce.

Children of divorce are twice as likely to have a stroke.

Children of divorce are twice as likely to have a stroke.

Children of divorce feel anxious.

Children of divorce feel anxious and afraid.

 

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Children of divorce don’t perform as well in terms of education and health.

 

Children of divorce are more likely to need psychiatric help.

Children of divorce are reliant on psychiatric help.

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Sad…

 

Keep those tweets coming! #childrenofdivorce #childofdivorce

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The Divide Between Social Conservatives and Libertarians

June 24th, 2014 Comments off
Fault Line between SoCons and Libertarians

Fault Line between SoCons and Libertarians

I’m a regular participant over at Ricochet, and the subject of the “fault line” between social conservatives and libertarians arises from time to time. It’s a subject that is very interesting to me. Here’s how I see it.

The libertarian’s worldview begins with the fully developed and fully capable adult, which they refer to as the “individual.”

I will refer to him as the “individual as an infant” since this is how he enters the world. Libertarians do not account for how the “individual as an adult” came to be. If his legitimate needs and entitlements were violated while he was the “individual as an infant,” from a structural or policy standpoint they turn a blind eye, as they shun the very idea of entitlements and policy restrictions/encouragements for adults generally. The pain this causes the “individual as an infant” is personally meaningful to libertarians, but it is not meaningful to them on a structural/policy level. In other words, they are unwilling to use structural means to avoid that suffering because these structural means impinge on the liberties of the current “individuals as adults” in the short term.

Without providing for the structural means to reduce the risk factors for the suffering of the “individual as an infant,” Read more…

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Let’s listen to the Children of Divorce

June 21st, 2014 Comments off

“I’m so glad you are doing this, Jenny. But I cannot write about my experience. It is still too painful.”

“This” refers to the Ruth Institute’s Kids Divorce Stories initiative. This completely free and open feature gives people a chance to talk about their childhood experiences, going through their parents’ divorces.  People talk about what it was like for them when they

For some kids, this is their last memory of their dad.

For some kids, this is their last memory of their dad.

watched their father walk away for the last time.  They write about feeling like a second class citizens within the new reconstituted families. They write about having only one or two photos of themselves with both of their parents, or about watching their mom cut all the photos of their dad out of the family photo album.

“The kids will be fine as long as their parents are happy.”  “Kids are Read more…

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The first harm is the biggest harm

April 2nd, 2014 Comments off
A bioethics expert argues that laws ensuring that every child knows its mother and father are unethical.

Britain’s first same-sex marriages will take place this coming weekend. In May Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish plan to exchange vows, making them spouses as well as parents to their two sons, Zachary and Elijah. Jubilant campaigners say that fears of an impending social calamity are nonsense. Read more…

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