CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

Mother Wars

Jul 3, 2001

The battle over motherhood continues unabated, with a recent controversy re-igniting a long standing debate. In the one corner are those who feel that government policies tend to penalise stay at home mums, while rewarding those who move into the

Continue reading...

Why the Fertility Crisis?

Apr 1, 2000

Pro-family forces have long warned about declining fertility rates and the erosion of parenthood. When a woman who is known more for her commitment to feminism than for her allegiance to conservatism raises the same issues, then we need to

Continue reading...

Women, Work and Divorce

Jul 26, 1996

The latest ABS catalogue on marriage and divorce says that 4 out of 10 marriages will eventually end in divorce. Over the years the divorce rate has continued to rise. A number of factors are at play here: the decline

Continue reading...

Young Mums Want to Stay Home

Dec 6, 1994

A new survey put out by the Australian National University has found that the majority of Australians prefer that mothers with young children stay home.

The survey, conducted by the International Social Science Survey, found that 65 per cent

Continue reading...

Institute of Feminist Studies?

Apr 11, 1994

The appointment of Mrs Marie Coleman as Acting Director of the Institute of Family Studies furnishes an eloquent illustration of the kind of Institute the Federal Government is promoting. Long-time feminist Senator Rosemary Crowley, the Government Minister for the Family,

Continue reading...

The IYF and Culture Wars

Dec 8, 1993

Forgive me for being recalcitrant, but the Prime Minister’s Launch of the International Year of the Family on 6 December was at best, a complete non-event; at worst, it was a pitiful display of a government selling its soul to

Continue reading...

A review of The Feminist Gospel. By Mary Kassian.

Apr 10, 1993

Crossway Books, 1992.

Several good critiques of religious feminism have appeared lately, including two from Ignatius Press: Ungodly Rage, by Donna Steichen, and What Will Happen to God: Feminism and the Reconstruction of Christian Belief, by William Oddie.

Continue reading...

A review of Enemies Of Eros. By Maggie Gallagher.

Oct 25, 1990

Bonus Books, 1989.

A number of helpful books critical of feminism and the sexual revolution have appeared, including Midge Decter’s The New Chastity and Other Arguments Against Women’s Liberation (1972), Brigitte and Peter Berger’s The War Over the Family (1983),

Continue reading...