Michael Medved

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 menace to America’s children” as “an unconscionable divide between the rich and the not rich,” but never notes that single motherhood, with its terrible stress on both mothers and kids, contributes profoundly to poverty that’s often passed from generation to generation.

Michael Medved

Michael Medved's daily syndicated radio talk show reaches one of the largest national audiences every weekday between 3 and 6 PM, Eastern Time. Michael Medved is the author of eleven books, including the bestsellers What Really Happened to the Class of '65?, Hollywood vs. America, Right Turns, The Ten Big Lies About America and 5 Big Lies About American Business
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