“We are busily unmaking one of the proudest social achievements in the nineteenth century, which was to take married women out of the workforce so they could devote themselves to family and children.” – Peter Drucker,
The murder of two year-old James Bulger by two pre-teenage boys horrified England and the world. It seemed an anomaly. It was not. Shortly after the court delivered its verdict against James’ killers, England woke up to more bizarre news.
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
The United Nations has declared 1994 to be the International Year of the Family. The UN has said that the main purpose of the Year is “to enhance awareness of family issues and improve national institutional capability to carry out
The family has faced assorted threats throughout history. The French and Russian revolutions come to mind as two especially hostile forces to the traditional family. More recently the sexual and feminist revolutions have also done their bit
A new proposal to pay parents of young children $50 a week to stay at home is worth exploring. Queensland Labor backbencher, Mr Gary Johns, has recently come up with the proposal which would encourage the second wage earner to
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.
Are all forms of living arrangements just the same? Do all family structures offer similar environments for a child’s development? Yes, according to the media. The papers regularly come out with stories about how the traditional family no longer exists
The murderers of little James Bulger had a least two strikes going against them even before they embarked upon their lives of petty crime in England. Both of these boys came from broken homes and both were reared in a
In this volume 26 authors examine the social and economic consequences of divorce in a number of Western nations and in some Third World countries. Despite the differences which exist between these countries, the results of
I am beginning to suspect a conspiracy. A conspiracy of silence, of cover-ups, of misleading information. A conspiracy of what? – ASIO nefariousness? American imperialism? No, something that is more important, something that affects every one of us: a conspiracy
Several weeks ago U.S. Vice President Dan Quayle caused a minor uproar concerning comments he made about television character Murphy Brown’s out-of-wedlock birth. The liberal-left establishment went ballistic, accusing Quayle of, at best, making a “gaffe”, and at
The Australian Medical Association has recently come out in favour of a Victorian proposal to require people to report child sexual abuse. The proposal, made by the Minister for Community Services, Ms Setches, would involve mandatory reporting of suspected cases
In America, as in Australia, we are “creating a cultural climate that wars against mother love”, says Dr Brenda Hunter, author of Home By Choice. “During the past two decades, the American housewife has experienced a
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),