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A Feeble Defense of Single Motherhood

garageman Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 2:02 PM
Were it not for sex, none of us would be here. That much I do know.
AliveInHim Wrote: Aug 15, 2012 2:06 PM
Thank God abortion was not common when my folks had sex, conceived and later gave birth to me!

New York Times contributor Kate Roiphe slams conservative social critics for suggesting “single mothers are bad.” Actually, it’s single motherhood as an institution – not the mothers themselves – that deserves criticism.

Roiphe claims the nuclear family is “narrow, constricting, airless” while her own situation – with two children from two different fathers, neither of whom live with her – is “messy, bohemian, warm.” She insists “suffering is everywhere” in traditional marriages, based on novels, plays and conversation with friends, without acknowledging that dysfunctional relationships always make a more compelling focus for entertainment or talk.

Finally, she identifies the “real...