Around the Web (Part 1)

Check out these recent articles from around the web:

A New Agenda for American Families and the Economy by Heather Boushey: “These costs are not borne solely by families: the lack of child care, elder care, paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, and flexible schedules constrains economic growth and reduces the productivity of our workforce. The right package of policies can increase economic growth and increase living standards for millions of workers.”

Duty and Delight by Clare Coffey: “It’s true that marriage is an absolute commitment that transcends momentary preferences and sensations. But it’s also true that marital love, in its normative ideal and many healthy iterations, does not imply merely a series of morally correct decisions divorced from feeling and ungrounded in any supporting unity.”

The feminist movement cannot afford to ignore pro-life concerns by Victoria Godwin: “We fight for maternity leave, we fight to close the wage gap, we volunteer our time at domestic abuse shelters and pregnancy centers, and we spread awareness about gender discrimination across the world and close to home. We want females to have the same rights as males; but first, we have to let them be born.”

Calif. Catholics challenge abortion insurance order by AP: “California’s Catholic leadership has filed a federal civil rights complaint over a state requirement that health insurance cover abortions.”

Conscience & Abortion in California by Michael Sean Winters: “They do not want to look at the thing itself, not to discuss exactly what happens when an abortion is performed, and for political reasons they also do not want the rest of us thinking such thoughts. The baby becomes a fetus, an antiseptic, clinical word, not a warm, human word. The right to choose is unspecified – who can be against choice?”

Paul Ryan Declares War Against Math by Jonathan Chait: “Obama enacted policies to increase revenue and slow health-care inflation, over the staunch and often hysterical opposition of Ryan, who insisted that budget forecasts showing that Obama’s proposals would reduce the deficit were wrong. The deficit has in fact fallen very fast. Ryan’s response is to deny that any of this has happened, to castigate Obama for failing to reduce the deficit, and to propose new measures that would increase it.”

They are intellectually underpowered and full of themselves, because they’ve been told their whole life how wonderful they are by Michael Schulson with William Deresiewicz: “Our ideology is meritocracy, and it says, you got all this because you deserved it. Nobody wants to see that, no, actually, you got all this because your parents put you in a position to get all this.”

Erasing Even Their Name: The Plight of Burma’s Rohingya by Rachel Monteagudo: “The Burmese government has isolated and demonized the 1.3 million Rohingya in Burma as part of a plan to promote a singular nationalist and Buddhist identity….They are prohibited from marrying, having children, working, obtaining healthcare and going to school.”

Millennials want a messy, earnest discussion about family by Vinnie Rotondaro: “So what does this mean for the synod? Is it the case that the church needs to perform a doctrinal about-face? No, say theologians who study the family (and teach millennials). Millennials want a process, not a product, they say. In other words, what the pope is said to want — messy and earnest, and respectful of conscience — may be just what the doctor ordered.”

How liberals are unwittingly paving the way for the legalization of adult incest by Damon Linker: “Once a person, couple, or group of people make a sexual-partnership claim based on autonomy and consent, there is increasingly no basis on which to legally reject it. And once it becomes legally accepted, there is increasingly no basis on which to morally reject it.”

How I Learned That Feminism Isn’t Disconnected From Faith by Kaeley McEvoy: “The inherent worth of each woman is not strictly common sense or logical in a secular theoretical framework. It is deeply rooted in the teachings and practice of the Christian faith. At its core, Christianity is a religion that affirms the dignity of each individual who lingers on the outskirts of societal norms: the sick, the poor, the oppressed, and women. Jesus stood by them all. By looking at feminism through the lens of Christ, one can see the fusion of flesh and spirit acting as inspiration for the divine dignity within each being.”

The American Family Is Making a Comeback by Michael Wear: “Marriage is on the decline, birthrates are down, and divorce rates are high. But politicians in both parties are finally putting forth proposals to help—and strengthen society.”