Sunday, July 24, 2005


Today's NY Times featured Stephanie Klein's (not a relation) blog as the exemplar of the hip young urban American woman. I have children in her age group so reading between the lines of the story and scanning her blog, it's pretty clear to me this young woman has very poor prospects to fulfill her dreams for a happy marriage and creating a stable family life.

Even more disturbing is the poor editorial judgment of the New York Times in running the piece in the first place. The prestige of the paper conveys tacit approval of that kind of lifestyle. Was the same problem in the 1960s when the NY Times celebrated the soft drug use of hippie movement.

The problem is the editors and reporters are boomers and Gen X'ers with no cultural memory of a time in America where divorce was rare and common sense still had social currency. When my generation is gone, there'll be no living memory of a time when most middle class Americans lived stable family lives. Can't recall a recent movie featuring a happy, intact family.

Suggest my readers check out the blogs of my recent trip to Israel. Was like taking a time machine back to another era.


Blogger Tryst said...

Hey angry old man.........get a life!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two thoughts:

1. Saying that Isreal is a model for us to emulate because it is a trip back to "another era" is crazy. A religious state riven by terrorism? That's your idea of an ideal?

2. Since when have divorce rates been so high? In the era of morality during which slavery was in existence?

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess what? Some women don't want marriage or family. And goshdarnit, they're happy people, too!

And hey, no disrespect but thanks for global warming, racial strife, and using up SS so I won't have any at retirement. Thanks for shackling women to outdated notions of family life.

Selective memory on the part of the older generation is the actual danger to society!

1:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah, another ode to the non-existent golden days of morality and virtue, when men were men and women who were abused had no choice but to stay in unhealthy relationships, when black folks had to sit at the back of the bus, when gays were beaten without consequence...

3:17 PM  

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