Spin Cycle: The Lesbian Parenting Story That Wasn’t
Yet another example of the media’s desire to sell the hype regardless of the actual facts.
And what was the occasion for Dr. Scott’s outburst of enthusiasm for father-absent households? As near as I can tell, it was a meeting of a group called Demos, which was highlighting its new publication, Building Character. The point of this publication was to analyze the impact of different parenting styles on the children’s character development. It seems to be a perfectly sensible report, well worthy of discussion, as it emphasizes that even parents of modest means can learn the skills they need to better care for their children.
However, the report had the usual conservative fly in the progressive ointment: children of divorced or step-parents don’t do as well. According to the Independent, another paper presented at the symposium showed they must struggle much harder to develop “skills” such as such as empathy, self-control and application:
“In a blow to the huge numbers of parents who are divorced or remarried, the study also found that children with married parents were twice as likely to develop good skills as those living with stepfamilies or single parents.”
Could this have been the stimulus for Dr. Scott’s family diversity boosterism? I can hardly believe they spent all day talking about lesbian parenting skills. The poor dears weren’t even mentioned in the report: there simply weren’t enough such couples in the sample to study.
So here are the facts: no new data on lesbian parenting, but new data further demonstrating the superiority of married parents. At a technocratic gab-fest about upskilling the “parenting workforce” one guy spouts his opinion about lesbian parents. And the headline reading “Lesbian parents better at raising children” goes viral worldwide.
The conference and report that were the ostensible subjects of the article had nothing — repeat, nothing — to do with lesbians, as parents or anything else. A reporter apparently decided to make a story out of an off-hand comment.
This lame headline episode illustrates why so many ordinary people hold the mainstream media in contempt. They view the MSM as carnival barkers for the sexual revolution. Look behind the headlines: there may be less there than meets the eye.
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