Politics and Feminism

This Data on Monogamy Stuns Even the Social Scientists

January 22, 2015
This Data on Monogamy Stuns Even the Social Scientists

Economist Bryan Caplan writes on the Modality of Monogamy at the Library of Economics and Liberty, noting something that our own reader MM pointed out a couple of years ago. Looking at the GSS’ data for number of sexual partners, he was surprised by the following: Figure 1: Women’s Reported Number of Lifetime Opposite-Sex Partners […]

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Marriage Causes Greater Happiness and Life Satisfaction

January 9, 2015
Marriage Causes Greater Happiness and Life Satisfaction

There’s been a wealth of research on married people – we know that they’re happier and healthier. But until recently we’ve only been able to talk about correlation, not causation. Perhaps people who are happier in general are more likely to get married. A new paper from the National Bureau of Economics Research concludes that marriage […]

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The Battle of the Campus Rape Statistics

December 17, 2014
The Battle of the Campus Rape Statistics

A new report issued by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics provides wildly different estimates of sexual assault than the Obama administration’s frequently cited 1-in-5 statistic. That number, which was calculated in a 2007 Justice Department study on sexual assault, has been offered as justification for a recent intense focus on addressing campus sexual assault, […]

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Egalitarian Marriage is Driving Down the Divorce Rate

December 8, 2014
Egalitarian Marriage is Driving Down the Divorce Rate

“It’s just love now. We marry to find our soul mate, rather than a good homemaker or a good earner.” Economist Justin Wolfers The mainstream divorce narrative in the U.S: Half of all marriages end in divorce. The divorce rate is rising. Fear of divorce depresses the marriage rate, especially among Millennial kids of divorce. […]

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7 Compelling Reasons Why Campus Rape Victims Don’t Report Their Attacks

December 2, 2014
7 Compelling Reasons Why Campus Rape Victims Don’t Report Their Attacks

UPDATE: I am obviously aware that Rolling Stone’s editor has issued a “no confidence” statement regarding Jackie, the student who provided the account of a UVA gang rape in 2012.  I am leaving the post intact for a very important reason: Jackie’s story was background color for the real issue. That is UVA’s poor record […]

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