Mothers with kids at home needed to fill out brief survey by Father’s Day

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting
The headlines at MSNBC are no different that those carried by most news media this last month: “Children of lesbian parents do well.” These headlines are based on a study published in the journal Pediatrics. You can see a critique of the study here and a negative commentary on the study here. But, you may be wondering, “What can I do to counter the latest attack of political correctness?” How can I  respond to the recent Lesbians-Make-the-Best-Parents claims? The Ruth Institute has a great idea -- a way YOU can fight back against the absurd bias of academia and the media. First, let me the Ruth Institute make a long story short: The study that made the headlines in Fox News and MSNBC is small sample of politically interested, statistically…
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Lesbians are the “Best Parents Ever”? Eight reasons why the latest study doesn’t prove anything!

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting
You’ve all seen the headlines by now: “Children of lesbian parents do well.” These headlines are based on a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Here’s a excellent critique of the study by Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute,  a project of the National Organization for Marriage: I actually read the study, which is my custom before commenting. I also read the letters to the editor on this study. Here are 8 reasons why this study does not prove anything about the functioning of the children of lesbians. The sample is extremely small: 78 children of lesbian mothers and 93 children in the control group. The sample of lesbian mothers is unlikely to be representative of the general population of lesbians. This is a sample of people who volunteered for the…
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Three Really Pernicious Messages behind the “Lesbians Make Better Parents” Story line

Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Parenting
Conservative researchers and bloggers are dealing with the sampling and reporting problems associated with a recent study purporting to show that the children of lesbians are doing just fine. Here’s a commentary on the study by Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, a project of the National Organization for Marriage: The fact is, that the study claims that the children of lesbians are doing better in every dimension than the children in the general population. The underlying message of this story is NOT simply, “leave us alone to have kids the way we want.” Herewith, are the Three Really Pernicious Messages behind the “Lesbians Make Better Parents” Story line: Women are better parents than men. Therefore, two women are better for kids than a mother and a father. Men are unnecessary and…
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