Unthinkable Thoughts : How feminism deforms intellectual culture

Posted By on March 24, 2012

Over the past few weeks, this column has on more than one occasion expressed agreement with Rick Santorum’s view that advances in birth control have had deleterious social consequences, most notably in contributing to the breakdown of the family. To our surprise, a not-insignificant number of our readers have pushed back against this idea, which some find counterintuitive and others downright unthinkable. So we’d like to go through the argument step by step.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the pill for contraceptive use in 1960. Over the next half-century, the marriage rate declined and the illegitimacy rate skyrocketed, Charles Murray notes in a recent Wall Street Journal essay adapted from his new book….

The same trends have been noted among blacks, although they started earlier and are more severe. Of course it would be a fallacy (post hoc ergo propter hoc, for those keeping score at home) to declare Santorum’s argument proven on the basis of these facts. But they do demonstrate that the argument is not inconsistent with the facts.

The usual criticism we’ve heard is that it is absurd to suggest a causal link between birth-control advances and illegitimacy because, after all, birth control prevents pregnancy, and giving birth out of wedlock entails pregnancy. By that logic, though, illegitimacy rates should have remained low, or even declined further, after the inception of the pill. The Santorum argument may be counterintuitive, but the counterargument flies in the face of the facts.

Read the full piece at THIS LINK. (Please note that this is not an endorsement of Santorum, but he is pointing out facts that feminists routinely refuse to face.)

About The Author

Mrs. Chancey is the mother of 12 children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.


3 Responses to “Unthinkable Thoughts : How feminism deforms intellectual culture”

  1. hollymurphy1 says:

    the only argument I have with your assertation is that birth control is the causal link. I do not think that the ability to control pregnancy or fear of pregnancy would do this. Women have been doing it with some accuracy for all time. I think the causal relationship is the agenda that Margaret Sangor and other early feminists promoted to accompany birth control through careful lobbying and gathering legitimacy and support for the lifestyle…planned parenthood. I originally thought that Sangor really was worried about a small planet, but I am starting to believe it was more a hedonistic, catholic hating agenda. Yes, I am starting to believe that there really is a demonic war in place here and it is somewhat frightening. Love the piece though…and Santorum!

  2. Thanks for the comment, Holly. I don’t think the Pill was the sole causal link–you’re right. After all, birth control is ancient–not a modern invention. It was the entire package built around birth control by Sanger and her associates (there were “free-love,” anti-marriage advocates in the early 1840s when the radical feminist movement began its long campaign towards where we find ourselves today). It has been a war, but the enemies of life have been far more dedicated and willing to go for the long-haul than we gave them credit for. All the more reason to stand up for the truth and teach it to our children.

  3. Independent says:

    That is very well said Jennie, could not agree more. Gosh, birth control is an issue that has changed America in so many ways and people just don’t realize it. One day they will perhaps when our grandchildren write of American history as they see it.

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