The Heart of Friendship (Or, What the Pew Marriage Researchers Just Don’t Understand)

The Pew and Time magazine report generating all those headlines (mostly about how 39% of Americans think marriage is becoming obsolete) set out to look beyond just married people to other family members and family forms. One question participants were asked was this:

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‘Put Down That Mommy Card,’ Post Writer Tells Oklahoma Candidate

Quick follow-up to my most recent post here (“Candidate claims she is superior because she is a mother”). Washington Post opinion writer Ruth Marcus just published a piece titled, “With two women on the ballot, things that should be off limits.” Among those things are

“marital and family status. The unstated premise of Fallin’s comment is: ‘I’m a mom and she’s not.’ And the unstated but barely disguised conclusion is: ‘And that makes me better and leaves her lacking in a material way.’”

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Special Offer, New Chapter, and Blog Crawl News

Blog crawl news first. The featured writers today were Lisa and Christina from Onely. They wrote a great post hosted by Living Single called Fun with fallacies: The rhetoric of singles-bashing. It is in the form of a screenplay, and it will give you some great ideas for come-backs, as well as some insights and a few laughs.  Tomorrow (Thursday September 23), Michelle Cove is the guest writer at The Single Filez.

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SWR Blog Crawl: Visioning a World without Singlism – Guest Post by Rachel Buddeberg

2010 SingleWomenRule.com Blog Crawl for National Unmarried and Single Americans Week

September 19-25, 2010

Bella’s Introduction

I’m delighted to have Rachel Buddeberg crawl over to All Things Single with this wonderfully thoughtful post. Readers of this blog and of Living Single know her well from her active participation in so many of our online discussions.  I interviewed her in her role as a single-minded change agent earlier in the year, and she also contributed the guest post, Are you sure you want to call that marriage a failure? Together, Rachel and I also put together that collection of quotes from several dozen scholars weighing in on the question of whether marriage should be a ticket to privilege. (Guess what our answer is!) Her blog is Rachel’s Musings.

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