Friday, October 19, 2001
New Census Bureau Report Confirms Earlier Observed Trends
A new report issued this week by the Census Bureau confirms several trends observed in recent publications of the Beverly LaHaye Institute. In its October 2001 report, Fertility of American Women: June 2000, which analyzes data from the June 2000 Current Population Survey, the Bureau reported, for example, that labor force participation by mothers with infant children declined between July 1998 and June 1999. In the January-February 2001 issue of the Data Digest (“Mothers at Work: Brave New World of Necessary Evil?”), BLI reported on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that indicated evidence of a slight downturn in labor force participation among both married and never-married mothers of infants in 1999. The new Census Bureau report bears this out.
The report also confirms the presence of at least two other trends regarding women and their families, which were reported in the fall of 2000 in the BLI report, Gaining Ground: A Profile of American Women in the Twentieth Century. For example, Census Bureau data indicate a growing rate of childlessness among American women. The percentage of women at the end of their childbearing years (age 40-44) who have not yet given birth has increased by almost 10 percent in the past 20 years. Census data also put the fertility rate of American women at about 1.9 births per woman, higher than the low of 1.8 births in the mid-1970’s, but still far below the rate needed to replace the current population (2.1 births). The Gaining Ground report also noted a rise in the percentage of women age 40-44 who had never given birth, from 9 percent in 1980 to 16.5 percent in 1998. This is only slightly above the percentage in 1960 (15.1 percent). Yet in 1960, fewer women in almost every other age category were childless. That is, not only did women have more children in years past; they tended to finish having their families earlier than they do now.
Masculinity as a Virulent Toxic Pollutant
A new book just released by Praeger Publishers warns that the radical feminists’ “holy war” against masculinity has “nothing to do with concrete acts of sexual abuse, harassment or discrimination,” said Paul Craig Roberts in his recent column, “The Soft War Against Masculinity.” Roberts warns that the campaign for gender equality has turned into a war against male sexuality. Not content with criminalizing politically incorrect attitudes, such feminists, said Roberts, are now trying to criminalize masculinity itself. The book, The Revolt of the Primitive: An Inquiry into the Roots of Political Correctness, by Howard S. Schwartz, reviews the various ways that radical feminists have turned men’s protectiveness toward women into sexism-including their false accusations of harassment and abuse on the flimsiest grounds, which debase legitimate and harmful incidents of actual harassment and abuse. Roberts asked the question, “What makes it possible for extreme irrationality to run roughshod over fact, not only in academic zoos but also in society’s most disciplined institution, the military?” Schwartz’s book answers the question, said Roberts, ” the subjective and the emotive have been elevated over the objective and reason. What counts is not what men do but what women feel.” In a chilling conclusion, Roberts said, “Now that masculinity is criminalized, men who are not allied with, and protected by, feminists cannot succeed.”
Dr. Janice Crouse, BLI’s Senior Fellow, said, ” We remember that Robert Bork’s nomination to the Supreme Court was ruthlessly destroyed by misrepresentation masquerading as fact. Clarence Thomas’ integrity and reputation were similarly smeared during his confirmation hearings. These men were not protected. Bill Clinton and Ted Kennedy, on the other hand, were and are protected.” Crouse continued, “Radical feminists rely for their success on an activist judiciary, which legislates from the bench, and on compliant liberal Senate committee chairmen, who hold hearings that provide fodder for those in the press who support their agenda. Just as unscrupulous Black leaders use threats of racism to blackmail corporate America, radical feminists wield phony charges of harassment and sexism to destroy the careers of those who stand in the way of their agenda, from Generals on down.” Crouse concluded by asking, “Who will be left to fight for us when we have made criminals of the warriors of our society? If we stand idly by while all our real soldiers and statesmen are replaced by less courageous and principled men, to whom will we turn to defend us from terrorists?”