Thursday, August 24, 2006

It's true because we say it's true

Carol Iannone, writing at the "academic" blog for National Review, writes the following.
Now reason and research and evidence and experience have accumulated to tell us pretty much that children are best off raised by two parents in a traditional marriage, and that boys especially, on the whole, are harmed in being raised without a father. (Italics mine.)
For someone who seems interested in discussing academia and "research" and "evidence," Iannone doesn't seem willing to do any. If she had, she would know that, while there is research suggesting difficulties for children raised in a single parent household, two parents are what make the difference--not the nature of the marriage. Here's the American Academy of Pediatrics' take on the issue (PDF link):
There is ample evidence to show that children raised by same-gender parents fare as well as those raised by heterosexual parents. More than 25 years of research have documented that there is no relationship between parents’ sexual orientation and any measure of a child’s emotional, psychosocial, and behavioral adjustment. These data have demonstrated no risk to children as a result of growing up in a family with 1 or more gay parents. Conscientious and nurturing adults, whether they are men or women, heterosexual or homosexual, can be excellent parents.
There was a study done a few years back that claimed that researchers were downplaying some findings in their research--a claim snatched up eagerly by conservatives like Rabbi Daniel Lapin, who knows something about faking academic information--but Dr. Judith Stacey, one of the authors of the study said that the study's findings were misused by conservatives, adding:
Significant, reliable social scientific evidence indicates that lesbian and gay parents are as fit, effective and successful as heterosexual parents. The research also shows that children of same-sex couples are as emotionally healthy and socially adjusted and at least as educationally and socially successful as children raised by heterosexual parents.
Conservatives love to toss little phrases like it's been proven that or research shows or most americans believe, but, often, those phrases are simply unproven window dressing for their ideology. Iannone is no different, but, one would hope that an NYU professor, writing on the National Review's academic blog, would know better.

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