We’ve had several readers leave comments lately complaining that they don’t immediately see their comments posted to an article or wondering why they are being “ignored.” I just wanted to post a quick reality check so readers can understand how LAF works, especially when it comes to comments and conversation. Continue reading “A Comment on Comments”
From the UK’s Daily Mail newspaper: A generation of young women have been put off starting a family because it will damage their lifestyle, career and looks, a survey shows. One in three childless women quizzed now say they don’t ever want to become a mother while increasing numbers of thirty-somethings in stable relationships and with good jobs have different priorities. Almost half would rather … Continue reading Young women putting off starting a family
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Women everywhere are looking for guidance, encouragement and vision. Gone are the days when we would have support from our community, friends and family. Being a mother in the 21st century can be a challenge for a Christian woman and many are looking for help…
Come be encouraged, and learn all that you would need to know about Christian motherhood. Here, you will be given life-changing vision that will change the way you view motherhood, your life, and the way you engage with your children forever.
And now for something encouraging, heartening, and motivating: The economies of the world around us rise and fall, corporations come and go, but we are hopeful and excited about the future of the family economy. Families around America are beginning to see the vision for work and economics that existed for over 4,000 years – family-based production in the context of the household. Forget about … Continue reading Be proactive about the future: Attend the Family Economics Conference!
From Rachel Jankovic over at Desiring God: If I had to pick one word to describe motherhood, I think that word would be “transforming.” The days of a busy mother are made up of millions of transformations. Dirty children become clean, the hungry child fed, the tired child sleeping. Almost every task a mother performs in the course of a normal day could be considered … Continue reading Motherhood Is Application
From Phyllis Schlafly’s latest column: The feminists are so accustomed to having their gender doctrines prevail in the courts, in the bureaucracy, in the media and in academia that they can’t deal with being told the truth, i.e., that their notions don’t make sense and are unfair to others, especially employers, husbands and fathers. Judge Loretta A. Preska of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan … Continue reading Feminists Have a Tantrum
Robert W. Patterson of The Family in America has a fantastic, thought-provoking article up about how we cannot grow the economy without restoring marriage and the family first. Families produce wealth and grow nations. [W]hat does it mean to “grow” the economy? The growth that the typical American family wants to see is the kind that gives the economy a human or family purpose. It … Continue reading Growth with a Purpose: Why Policymakers Should Grow the Family, Not Just GDP
I was having a bad day. You know the type of day: the children are getting into trouble, my back hurt, whatever I tidied was undone within three seconds flat, my youngest was teething, and I had not had nearly enough sleep in the last week. All that on top of a family situation that was making me stressed out, and in the middle of a big push to get the house cleaned up. Not a good day. While I was washing the dishes, a disgruntled feeling came up in me. I knew I was doing what needed to be done, I knew I loved my family, and that most days I feel insanely blessed. But as my son came running up to me with the six hundredth request of the day, I gave him his sippy cup, put my hands back in the sudsy water and while trying to contemplate what to make for dinner as well as scrub a dish that had caked on cereal flakes I thought: “I want to be eighteen months old again and not be responsible for anything.” Continue reading “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”
Kay Hymowitz turns her usual laser-sharp powers of research and deduction on a popular feminist myth that just won’t die–the wage gap:
Early this past spring, the White House Council on Women and Girls released a much-anticipated report called Women in America. One of its conclusions struck a familiar note: today, as President Obama said in describing the document, “women still earn on average only about 75 cents for every dollar a man earns. That’s a huge discrepancy.”
It is a huge discrepancy. It’s also an exquisite example of what journalist Charles Seife has dubbed “proofiness.” Proofiness is the use of misleading statistics to confirm what you already believe. Indeed, the 75-cent meme depends on a panoply of apple-to-orange comparisons that support a variety of feminist policy initiatives, from the Paycheck Fairness Act to universal child care, while telling us next to nothing about the well-being of women….
What we do know is that making discrimination the default explanation for a wage gap, as proofers want us to do, leads us down some weird rabbit holes. Continue reading “Why the Gender Gap Won’t Go Away. Ever.”
It has become so apparent that even CBS Sunday Morning had to comment on the startling statistics. After decades of societal revolution and “gender equality,” even the workforce is beginning to pay the price. The latest labor statistics prove it.
With unemployment hovering near double digits, husbands and fathers are finding themselves edged out of the office. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, unemployment rates for men over the age of 20 remained at 8.9% last month, while women the same age experienced unemployment rates nearly an entire percentage point lower (8.0%). And it is not for lack of trying; while nearly three-quarters of the men are either employed or looking for work, nearly 60% of women the same age are competing with them for their jobs.
Five years ago, the Department of Labor reported that women held half of the professional and managerial jobs. Now, the balances are tipping in their favor. What will the workforce look like in another decade, when women take over the high-level jobs and more than half of the workforce?
How will this change our culture, as husbands increasingly struggle to find employment and provide for their families? How many churches will struggle and missionaries plea for support as offerings fall off as unemployment continues to rise? How radically absurd will stay-at-home motherhood appear to the next generation? Will “homemaker” even be on the census form?
It is up to Christian families to stand in the gap, to boldly live counter-culturally in an upside-down world. Continue reading “A Cultural Emergency”