[L1] This is a pretty amazing story of an internet dating fraud (catfisher), a woman he marked, and the model whose photograph he used.
[L2] Alysse ElHague and Samuel Perry discuss the relationship between pornography and relationship quality. There are a lot of confounding factors here, of course, but that it’s most damaging for religious couples is a really interesting find.
[L3] Well, I guess everyone should have a chance at romantic happiness. I guess.
[L4] I’ve seen conscientious non-marriage work out, but I’ve far more often seen it lead to heartbreak. To each their own, though as Dharma pointed out in Dharma & Greg, it can be real trouble for children: “Did you ever stop to think that there was somebody in that house that woke up in the morning wondering if this was the day her parents were going to choose not to be together?”
[L5] Three words: Sex on trains.
Marriage:[M1] The genetics of divorce.
[M4] By my understanding of contemporary politics, this means we either need to implement a nudge divorce tax or to ban marriage.
[M5] Claire Cain Miller writes about how marriage because a perk of privilege.
[M6] A look at the cost of weddings. Given the things we didn’t have to pay for (venue being a big one), I’m still taken aback at how much ours cost.
Children:[C1] David Benatar makes the case against the morality of having children. Over here, of course, it seems to correspond far more with marriage. (Note: No effect for men.)
[C2] A new study suggests that parenthood in Britain makes women more conservative.
[C3] While not all of these are wrong, I think a lot of people will be surprised at how little artificial wombs will actually change the world.
[C4] I’m kind of skeptical of robot baby incubators, in the end, but do wish them all the luck.
[C5] It’s hard to appreciate how devastating the Motherisk story in Canada is.
[C6] Scotland is considering a ban on spanking. I’m not against this in theory (or on “freedom” grounds), though can’t reconcile myself to the type of enforcement that would be required for it to make a difference.
[C7] Just so that we’re clear here, the grandparents aren’t necessarily right! Really, generational divides are going to make this sort of thing pretty persistent.
God:[G1] A look at the modern Orthodox Jew.
[G3] Free love and dark rituals deep in the heart of Missouri.
[G4] A former member of Westboro speaks of her experience.
[G5] A look at Jonestown and the progressive cult that lead there.
[G6] I don’t like Dan Brown as much as his fans, or hate him as much as his detractors, but Matthew Walther’s takedown is something to behold.
[O1] Sometimes an elephant does not want a selfie with you.
[O2] I don’t even know what to make of radioactive boar.
[O3] The love story of a penguin and a cardboard cut-out.
[O5] The story behind the glowing corals.