In the same article I responded to earlier today, Chris Kenny made the further claim,
To argue children do best within a marriage with a mother and a father is not fair or accurate. It insults widows and widowers, divorced parents, de facto couples, those who are remarried, single parents and step parents, as well as gay parents.
Before addressing the substance of the claim, let me just state that it does not ‘insult’ these other family types/ living arrangements if it is actually the case that children raised by their married natural parents actually do better. That would simply be a fact. And it is certainly not an insult if the arrangement was beyond the control of the parent/s, as it is in the case of widows and widowers, or where a parent is abandoned or was the victim of serious abuse/ neglect. I’m not surprised, though, that Kenny felt it necessary to emotively wave away any necessity of substantiating his claim that “children do best within a marriage with a mother and a father is not fair or accurate” because the social science simply does not support it in the slightest. And that he made such a baseless claim a week after feminist, Merav Michaeli, on Q&A made the preposterous claim that married natural parents provide the “least safe place for children” to the idiotic cheers of the audience is breathtaking and instructive. This is from the latest National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-4), 2004-2009, collected in the US, arguably the best study of its kind in the world. Here, in Figure 5-9, we see the incidence of all Maltreatment, All Abuse, and All Neglect across family type/ living arrangement.
In Figure 5-10, we see the incidence of physical, sexual and emotional abuse across family type/ living arrangement.
And in Figure 5-11, we see the rate of physical, emotional and educational neglect across different family types:
I recommend that you all look at Chapter 5, including section 5.3, of the full report to Congress, and continue scrolling down. The tables tell an incredible story. Children being raised by their married natural parents is so far and ahead of every other family type that it is criminal to pretend otherwise. There are a number of reasons why these data are largely ignored by the MSM, and why nothing like this, I believe, is actually collected across Australia, and it is because the data runs contrary to the agenda promoted regarding the family, in the post-WWII period, by governments, and the cultural elite as reflected in the arts, universities, and media. No-fault divorce, cohabitation, single parenthood, and more unconventional family situations, like same-sex parents, or polyamorous family situations, have all been and are still championed as being either better for children – yes, no-fault divorce was championed in the 1960s as being better for children – or at the very least presenting ‘no differences’ when compared with incidence of maltreatment, abuse, or neglect found on average where children are raised by their married natural parents. And I haven’t even touched on the different socio-economic outcomes/ educational attainment that these different family types establish for children as children or in adulthood, evidence which, again, establishes that married natural parents provide the best and most supportive environment for their children. Anyway, hopefully this is enough to dispel the errors that are being propagated at the moment so as to maintain a bankrupt ideology and assuage hurt feelings.