Republicans and Women
RR Reno at First Things and Amanda Hess at Slate have been going back and forth on a new report to Republicans on how to attract women. This debate is full of red meat for politicos on both sides.
- RR Reno’s Dilemma Facing Social Conservatives
- Amanda Hess Reps Court Women By Explaining That They Are Wrong
- Reno’s Response: Women Voting and Social Conservatism
- and this from a blog Curmudgucation complaining about Reno’s “one right way to live”
My first impressions of Reno’s take were
- “Oh this will not go over well”
- “This is kind of like dismissing social conservatives by explaining away their promotion of traditional sexual norms through suggesting it is motivated by their own frustrated sexual repression”
Reno’s comments, however, did prompt some other thoughts in me about faith in institutions and traditions.
Add into the mix of my pondering these pieces over the weekend a Backstory podcast on the impact of WWI in American culture, especially the attempt to keep venereal diseases from impact the US Army.
Social Success Seeds Failure
What Reno’s piece prompted in my was the pondering of the widespread abandonment of the assumed sexual, marital and moral formula that dominated the American mid-century. Church, marriage, monogamy, career and company loyalty were the formula for temporal and eternal security and success. Government supported these things but didn’t directly administer them.
The assumption of the truth of the formula was pervasive but is now questioned or dismissed.
It doesn’t seem difficult to see it was oversold and now in the angry reaction to its failure over-rejected. We tend swing back and forth on these things. Continue reading