Life as we know it - Sex makes babies
This is a discussion on Life as we know it - Sex makes babies within the Marriage/Divorce, Children, Choice for Men anti misandry forums, part of the General category; Fron Jennifer Roeback Morse's newsletter. Admitting Sex is Procreative – a Surprising Proposal to Curb Nonmarital Births by Helen M. ...
- 15th-December-2009 #1
Life as we know it - Sex makes babies
Fron Jennifer Roeback Morse's newsletter.
This is the last in my series of columns on out of wedlock births. By now you know that 4 in 10 U.S. births are nonmarital; this rises to 7 in 10 for African-American Women, and 5 in 10 for Hispanic women, our fastest growing minority population. Women in their 20s and 30s account for the lion’s share of the trend.  Reactions to our predicament are suitably alarmist, but still terribly predictable.Admitting Sex is Procreative – a Surprising Proposal to Curb Nonmarital Birthsby Helen M. Alvaré, J.D., Senior Fellow in Law and Academic Advisory Board Member of the Ruth Institute.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy will push for both more abstinence, and higher rates of contraceptive usage among the unmarried. They will call for less complacency and more parental involvement. Planned Parenthood took the occasion to bash abstinence programs while abstinence programs linked the rise to the fact that 68% of public schools employ contraceptive instruction, which has a 4 to 1 funding advantage over abstinence in the United States. 
I have suggested that the now mounting collection of narrative testimony from unmarried mothers might shed some additional light on the problem. Any additional light ought to be welcomed if the interests of children, and the poor (who are disproportionately handicapped by lone-parenting) are really taken to heart. This testimony exposes deep wells of gender mistrust and confusion between men and women. I have pointed out how, for example, the women employ virtually no “morals” language with respect to their willingness to be sexually intimate with single men; at the same time, they are unwilling to marry these men, even after their baby makes his or her appearance, on the grounds that the father is unworthy of them and the child.
The young men and women involved do not think of each other in “parental” terms while their sexual relationship is ongoing. The man even has difficulty transitioning to “parent” after the baby is born. Women are both more likely to articulate a desire to have a baby, and more willing to reorganize their priorities, schedules and finances around the baby once he or she is born; consequently they evaluate the man’s failure to do so, often referring to him harshly as “another baby” for the woman to mother.
One might observe here that the women have in a sense “found their way” – difficult as it is – in the midst of all this chaos; they are thinking maternally, even while they barely make ends meet. Men have not found a way. Often victims themselves of fatherless households and chaotic, incomplete education, with no prospects for a “living wage” in sight, the men are unable and unwilling to secure a wife. They rather drift into new sexual relationships and multipartnered parenting.
Despite this seemingly endless pattern, particularly among the poor and minority communities in the United States, there persists the perception that the decision to continue to pursue sex without commitment is a “private” matter. Although after the child is born, some single mothers feel that society ought to reward them-- via generous social policies -- for their childrearing efforts.
Most of the state and private programs responding to nonmarital births over the last 40 years have poured their energies into “taking the baby out” of the sexual encounter via birth control. Abstinence programs, which are less common, try to teach young people how to avoid nonmarital sexual involvement. “Big-picture” efforts have aimed to boost young people’s educational and job attainments, in order to steer them toward a different future. While occasionally, policy experts have referenced the need to help young people think more healthfully about the meaning of their lives, including about the importance of their heterosexual relationships, no extensive efforts have ever been directed to addressing the intertwined issues I have surfaced above.
For brevity’s sake, I would say these issues might be identified as: the moral weight of heterosexual relations; the public nature of heterosexual relations; the intrinsically parental orientation of heterosexual relations, and the crisis of fatherhood.
Also for brevity’s sake, as well as to get at the conceptual nub of my proposals, I would suggest that any response to these issues must “put the baby back into sex.” By this I mean that men and women need to acknowledge the overwhelming importance of heterosexual relations’ orientation to the procreation of children – helpless creatures who require decades of intensive labor, a lifetime of interaction, and who apparently come into the world with an inbuilt desire to remain connected to both their father and their mother.
No matter the heights and depths of couples’ romantic aspirations and experiences, these can never be divorced from the crucial reality that heterosexual relations are procreative. The law has always known this. Most churches did or still do. And now couples must acknowledge it too, with help from every possible governmental, religious and other social institution.
Once the baby is re-introduced into couples’ sexual consciousness, they can better understand that nonmarital sex has its own intrinsically public significance; the door is also opened for women and men to understand the “giftedness” of the other precisely in connection with procreation. They might further be open to the realization that men and women were literally “meant for each other,” meant for “communion,” and that what they can do together is more than the sum of its parts.
This is a fundamental approach to helping men and women internalize a view of one another that is more respectful, more elevated, than what obtains today, especially among the most disadvantaged.
Motherhood and fatherhood have not lost their fan base in these communities; were each sex to be helped to see the other, beginning in adolescence, as potential mothers and fathers, leaders of their children, of the next generation, and of their community, this might help to transcend current gender mistrustful stereotypes. Tantalizing indications of the possible beneficial effects upon young men and women of learning about their mutual procreative capabilities have come from “fertility awareness” programs like TeenStar.
Who might act on the goal of “putting the baby back into sex”? And how might they proceed? The most likely actors are of course families themselves, churches and governments. (Needless to say, it would be terrific to have the assistance of the media, but this is too large a topic, and outside my expertise, to complete here. Suffice it to say for now that each of the named likely actors could interact with the media to disseminate its ideas further.)
These remain the most likely actors even though we know parents are far less active in this arena than we would wish, some churches are the opposite of helpful (having embraced the myth of “equivalence” as between procreative and non-intrinsically procreative family units), and some of the government’s tax, welfare and education policies bear more than a little responsibility for the mess we’re in today.
Right from the start, then, we might say that parents need a jolt – from their churches, from the state, and from any intermediary group taking up the cause of children’s well being. They need to talk with the children about the crucial roles of marriage and parenting, not simply about “sex.”
Finish reading this article from culture-of-life.org here.
Cum dilectione hominum et odio vitiorum
Love the Sinner but not the Sin.
“ For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. “
(and within ourselves)
(Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
A Feminist is a human being who has lost her way and turned vicious.
If you meet one on the road as you Go your Own Way,
offer kindness but keep your sword drawn.
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- 16th-December-2009 #2
Re: Life as we know it - Sex makes babies
This is rather amusing. Everything they try to do is do away with the CONSEQUENCES OF THE PROBLEM not the PROBLEM ITSELF.
The most hilarious thing is the family destroying subsidization of single motherhood and then complaining about having so many single parent homes. Obviously, in the process you tax families who would like to have kids, but can't make ends meet due to the government taking half of their income through various taxes and give to the leeches on welfare who will have baby after baby. Then, guess what the next generation will do? They'll be a bunch of drones, raised by single parents with no family values and they'll do what their parents did.
Less than a century ago, a man in the US working as a carpenter could afford raising seven children without his wife working. Now thanks to the government making education and healthcare so expensive through stupid regulation, destroying the dollar and the accumulated capital through reckless spending and heavy taxation you need two incomes. And by the way, putting the baby back into sex is just the first step. Then you need to put marriage back into sex. And you need to put the parents of the two back into agreeing with the marriage or not... As I said on another thread, these are just manifestations of the current paradigm. Dealing with them and not what causes them is like giving a blood transfusion to someone who is still bleeding. It has no result.
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