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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Follow Up on Murphy Brown

A follow-up on last week's Washington Post article on Murphy Brown:

In the Post last week, a Brookings Institution economist resurrected Murphy and recommenced the finger-wagging over her, declaring that "it turns out Dan Quayle was right about Murphy Brown and unmarried moms.”

No, he was't: Murphy Brown wasn’t in any way “mocking the importance of fathers,” and the “lifestyle choice” in question was one conservatives applaud. The pretend baby was fathered by the character’s fictional ex-husband, and when he flaked out on her, surely Quayle wasn’t saying she should have had an abortion or given up her child.

Just as unexpected as this blast from the past, though, is the moving and intensely personal new book from Bay Buchanan, whose “Bay and Her Boys” makes precisely the opposite point — and challenges her fellow conservatives to see the self-fulfilling aspects of the drumbeat that single parents and their progeny are pretty much doomed to fail.

Buchanan was traditional, true-believing and devastated, she says, when her husband walked out on her while she was pregnant with their third child. But was she supposed to just give up at that point, and accept the “wisdom” that her children would be forever hobbled by having grown up without a father on the premises?

Read more here.


Hat Tip: Naomi Cahn

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I can see how this re-opening the 'Murphy Brown' topic would cause some stir because quite frankly it caused a lot of stir 20 years ago.

Posted by: tulsa divorce lawyers | Jun 5, 2012 5:47:50 AM

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