Time: Single Parents, Not Poverty, Bad for Kids

Guest blogging at Double X (7/2/09), Linda Hirshman takes on a Time magazine “cover story by working mother-scourge Caitlin Flanagan” that uses “the occasion of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford’s staggeringly banal adultery to tell America that ‘Marriage Matters.’” Specifically, Hirshman writes of Flanagan’s contention that Marriage matters, because single-parent families are bad for children, the only people who count. “Drastically” bad: “On every single significant outcome … children from intact, two-parent families outperform those from single-parent households…. If you can measure it, a sociologist has; and in all cases, the kids living with both parents drastically outperform the others.” […]