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  • The Two Parent Privilege

    Melissa S. Kearney is a liberal academic, perhaps some of them are waking up. This is a synopsis of the book:

    In The Two-Parent Privilege , Melissa S. Kearney makes a provocative, data-driven case for marriage by showing how the institution’s decline has led to a host of economic woes—problems that have fractured American society and rendered vulnerable populations even more vulnerable. Eschewing the religious and values-based arguments that have long dominated this conversation, Kearney shows how the greatest impacts of marriage are, in fact, when two adults marry, their economic and household lives improve, offering a host of benefits not only for the married adults but for their children. Studies show that these effects are today starker, and more unevenly distributed, than ever before. Kearney examines the underlying causes of the marriage decline in the US and draws lessons for how the US can reverse this trend to ensure the country’s future prosperity.

    Based on more than a decade of economic research, including her original work, Kearney shows that a household that includes two married parents—holding steady among upper-class adults, increasingly rare among most everyone else—functions as an economic vehicle that advantages some children over others. As these trends of marriage and class continue, the compounding effects on inequality and opportunity grow increasingly dire. Their effects include not just children’s behavioral and educational outcomes, but a surprisingly devastating effect on adult men, whose role in the workforce and society appears intractably damaged by the emerging economics of America’s new social norms.

    For many, the two-parent home may be an old-fashioned symbol of the idyllic American dream. But The Two-Parent Privilege makes it clear that marriage, for all its challenges and faults, may be our best path to a more equitable future. By confronting the critical role that family makeup plays in shaping children’s lives and futures, Kearney offers a critical assessment of what a decline in marriage means for an economy and a society—and what we must do to change course.

    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...rent-privilege
    Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

  • #2
    Originally posted by seer View Post
    Melissa S. Kearney is a liberal academic, perhaps some of them are waking up. This is a synopsis of the book:



    Interesting.
    "It ain't necessarily so
    The things that you're liable
    To read in the Bible
    It ain't necessarily so
    ."

    Sportin' Life
    Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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    • #3
      Wait, isn't "Privilege" bad?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sparko View Post
        Wait, isn't "Privilege" bad?
        I guess the only thing to do is to break up two parent families so we can reach equity... It's only fair!
        Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post

          Interesting.
          And true...
          Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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          • #6
            Originally posted by seer View Post
            Melissa S. Kearney is a liberal academic, perhaps some of them are waking up. This is a synopsis of the book:



            Yuuuup. Like I've said before on here, having a two parent household is the single most important and biggest determining factor in future success of children.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post

              Yuuuup. Like I've said before on here, having a two parent household is the single most important and biggest determining factor in future success of children.
              Right, we have been saying that for years, but it took a liberal scholar to get any traction in the media...
              Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post

                Yuuuup. Like I've said before on here, having a two parent household is the single most important and biggest determining factor in future success of children.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by seer View Post

                  And true...
                  Well it appears to have some importance but there are always exceptions.

                  Furthermore, in her brief talk [I did not watch the Q&A session] two parent privilege does not necessarily refer those two parents being the two biological parents of the children, nor two legally married parents, nor two parents of the opposite sex.
                  "It ain't necessarily so
                  The things that you're liable
                  To read in the Bible
                  It ain't necessarily so
                  ."

                  Sportin' Life
                  Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by seer View Post

                    I guess the only thing to do is to break up two parent families so we can reach equity... It's only fair!


                    We can't have any privileged children going about doing better then underprivileged children. The only solution is to break up the family.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CivilDiscourse View Post

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post

                        Well it appears to have some importance but there are always exceptions.

                        Furthermore, in her brief talk [I did not watch the Q&A session] two parent privilege does not necessarily refer those two parents being the two biological parents of the children, nor two legally married parents, nor two parents of the opposite sex.
                        Did anyone here suggest otherwise?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hypatia_Alexandria View Post

                          Well it appears to have some importance but there are always exceptions.

                          Furthermore, in her brief talk [I did not watch the Q&A session] two parent privilege does not necessarily refer those two parents being the two biological parents of the children, nor two legally married parents, nor two parents of the opposite sex.
                          True there are always exception, but we know for instance that children generally to better with two biological parents than with a step parent*. It seems intuitive that one would have more invested in their biological child, more natural affection (see second link). Having said that I had a step father, the best father I could have had. My biological father was not a good man...


                          *Introduction

                          The Cinderella effect


                          The Cinderella effect is a phenomenon in which stepparents abuse and kill their spouse's biological children at higher rates than they do of their own children (Daly & Wilson, 2007; Sariola & Uutela, 1992; Weekes-Shackelford & Shackelford, 2004).1 Empirical studies have captured evidence of the Cinderella effect across different places (Alexandre, Nadanovsky, Moraes, & Reichenheim, 2010; Sariola & Uutela, 1992) and over time (Daly & Wilson, 1985; Nobes, Panagiotaki, & Russell Jonsson, 2019; Weekes-Shackelford & Shackelford, 2004). Overall, this body of research has consistently found that children in stepfamilies have a significant increased risk of being physically abused or killed compared to children in families with only biological parents (Daly and Wilson, 1985, Daly and Wilson, 1994; Daly & Wilson, 2007; Harris, Hilton, Rice, & Eke, 2007; Nobes et al., 2019; Radhakrishna, Bou-Saada, Hunter, Catellier, & Kotch, 2001; Sariola & Uutela, 1992; Turner, Finkelhor, & Ormrod, 2007; Weekes-Shackelford & Shackelford, 2004). In fact, some researchers argue that the presence of a stepparent in the home is the most paramount risk factor for serious child abuse (Daly & Wilson, 2007).

                          Past research has consistently supported the existence of the Cinderella effect, particularly in cases where the child is killed (Daly and Wilson, 1985, Daly and Wilson, 1994; Daly & Wilson, 2007; Harris et al., 2007; Nobes et al., 2019; Radhakrishna et al., 2001; Sariola & Uutela, 1992; Turner et al., 2007; Weekes-Shackelford & Shackelford, 2004). While murders are, of course, the most extreme acts of child abuse, they make up only a small subset of all acts of child physical abuse. According to the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Report data, under 400 people under the age of 18 were murdered by a parent or stepparent in 2019 (Kaplan, 2019). This is about 0.06% of the estimated 650,000 children in the United States who were abused or neglected in 2019 according to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS), which is itself an undercount of the true number of abused children (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2020). Because non-fatal child abuse is far more widespread, and is predictive of abuse that may be fatal (Johnson, 2000), it is important to understand whether the trend of non-biological parents being more abusive holds for these less serious offenses.

                          https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...47235222001076

                          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinderella_effect
                          Last edited by seer; 10-02-2023, 11:13 AM.
                          Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

                          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gondwanaland View Post

                            Did anyone here suggest otherwise?
                            I just did...
                            Atheism is the cult of death, the death of hope. The universe is doomed, you are doomed, the only thing that remains is to await your execution...

                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbnueb2OI4o&t=3s

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by seer View Post

                              True there are always exception, but we know for instance that children generally to better with two biological parents than with a step parent*. It seems intuitive that one would have more invested in their biological child, more natural affection. Having said that I had a step father, the best father I could have had. My biological father was not a good man...

                              So the question has to be, how many present "two parent privilege" families in the USA are the two biological parents and their own offspring? Your own background has some relevance. Would your childhood have been as good as you suggest it was, if you had been raised by both your biological parents?
                              "It ain't necessarily so
                              The things that you're liable
                              To read in the Bible
                              It ain't necessarily so
                              ."

                              Sportin' Life
                              Porgy & Bess, DuBose Heyward, George & Ira Gershwin

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