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The Child-Free Generation’s Hard Bargain With Capitalism

Flip through a few American newspapers and magazines, and it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that there’s a cultural obsession with fertility. (“Where Have All The Babies Gone?” “America’s Baby Bust.” “More Babies, Please.”) Against the backdrop of a never-ending, wheel-spinning conversation about work-family balance, there are stories like this New York Times…

The future of the American family

Reihan has a fascinating post looking at the future of the American family. Basically two different family types are taken into account. The first is the neo-traditional family, which Brad Wilcox explains thusly: I think we’re going to see a continued growth of more egalitarian marriages in a large subset of the population. But we’re…

Just in time for Father’s Day

Pamela Paul has a rather Slate-ish post up at The Atlantic, asking the controversial question: Are Fathers Necessary? Unsurprisingly, her conclusion is no. Not really. “The bad news for Dad is that despite common perception, there’s nothing objectively essential about his contribution,” she writes. “The good news is, we’ve gotten used to him.” There’s plenty…

Folk wisdom and the tyranny of the experts

[updated below] I’ve been thinking about birth a great deal lately. This is likely because birth in my family is just around the corner. Our second is due in July. In any case, all this birth-thinking and meeting with doctors and birthing experts and midwives and such has me pondering how we as a culture…