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The Amish have the highest living standard in the United States

If you define standard of living increases in terms of an individual having more opportunities to enjoy private experiences and consumption of individual goods, you get one kind of society.  If you define standard of living increases in terms of local-level collectives (families, towns, cities) having more opportunities to enjoy shared experiences and consumption of … Continue reading

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Obsession with physical virginity and purity is preChristian, not Christian

Historically, in American society, it’s led to a Gnostic denial of the importance of the body.  Separate from that problem, it leads to things like (WARNING VERY DISTURBING SEXUAL CONTENT CONCERNING CHILDREN AT THOSE LINKS) rampant sexual assault of young girls.  Christian sexual morality is unique.  This doesn’t mean non-Christian societies or subcultures don’t have sexual … Continue reading

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Economic defensiveness isn’t a good look

“I SAHM because daycare costs“ “Breastfeeding is cheaper than formula because BOOBS R FREE” “Attachment parenting is cheaper because ALL BABIES LOVE SLINGS” “Cooking at home is cheaper and more nutritious every single time!” There are plenty more, but they all boil down to “Cheaping out is better because it makes me feel better about … Continue reading

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White American women have never been highly fertile

I was looking around in old Census data the other month and stumbled upon a fairly shocking bit of demographic information–white American women have pretty much always been at the lower end of fertility.  I am defining “American” here as “after 1776″.  They were having only a couple kids per woman way back in the 1840s … Continue reading

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SAHM and Male Breadwinner selection bias, Christian conservative edition

Due to the hourglassing of male income, the type of guy who can earn enough to support a SAHM is something of an outlier.  Likewise, the kind of woman who is ok with staying home in the first place is no longer conventional in personality because SAHM as a choice is so denigrated and constrained. … Continue reading

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Dear Vox Day, we’re already Mothering Up, but society is not Communitying Up

Vox Day offers some suggestions for normalcy here. However, I have to do a bit of critique, as he preferred that not clutter up the actual comment thread attached. The thing left unsaid in that post is that the right wing ruthlessly exploits unpaid labor already.  It’s what remains of functional church and community social stuff. … Continue reading