- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Pro-life chic?
"[T]he pro-choice cause is defined by a time-specific conjunction of a judicial decision with the cultural convulsions emerging from the 1960s. Fashions change. Already there is a widespread reaction against an earlier feminism premised upon the actualization of the autonomous self.
"The promise that women could 'have it all has soured as more and more women recognize that the promise excluded what they want most — family, children, and love that is on friendly terms with obligation. Once again, motherhood is chic.
"Of course, reports about these cultural trends may be wrong. Nobody knows how deep or long-lasting they may be. But that is just the point. They come and go. The 'liberalized abortion campaign, Roe v. Wade, and the cause to which they gave definition has come, and now appear to be on their way to being gone.
"It will take a while to get rid of the judicial detritus of that era… . he standing of precedent carries weight in the law, but not in the gyrations of cultural change."
—Richard John Neuhaus, writing on "The End of Abortion," in the June/July issue of First Things

No contest

"Stop the presses. Jenna Bush had a beer.
"And what a beer it was. It made headlines around the world… .
"It was all right there in the police citation from Austin, Texas: 'Glass of beer. Drank from it… .
"A college student not only having a glass of beer, but — brace yourselves — drinking from it. How could this possibly happen? In my day, nobody used glasses. They just put their mouths under the spigot of the keg… .
"Jennas court date was covered like she had been featured on 'Americas Most Wanted… .
"Jenna Bush is no Chelsea Clinton. Thats not necessarily a bad thing.
"Chelsea with that frozen smile all the time. Those staged hugs with Bubba during rallies. A nice enough kid, but a little over-programmed… .
"Jennas beer really should be something for her parents to handle, just like it is when any other college kid gets nabbed doing something stupid.
"But in todays politics, thats just not the way it is.
"And so, Jenna Bush pleaded 'no contest, and she was right. When youre a First Daughter, you dont have a chance."
—Joe Sciacca, writing on "Press intoxicated by Jenna Bush beer-drink flap," Monday in the Boston Herald

Ex-'supermoms'

In our society, the stay-at-home mom has become unfashionable. The media promotes glamorous images of working women, while they characterize stay-at-home moms as frumpy and boring.
"We publicly lament the downfall of todays youth, yet we promote the ideal of the 'supermom. The supermom feigns the ability to do it all, but doesnt have much time left to spend with her children. She returns from work exhausted, and her children return from day care longing for her attention.
"Radical feminists taught us to assume the supermom can have the same happy home as June Cleaver. But mothers are fleeing the supermom stereotype and returning to their homes. In a recent survey, 77 percent of all moms expressed their wish to stay home with their children and forgo employment.
"The radical feminists need to see what mothers see: Children need their mothers. And women who must continue to work need options that make their lives more flexible and enable them to spend time with their children.
"Radical feminists rejected the value of a mothers investment in her children for the dollars in a paycheck. But mothers today are accounting for the dividends that well-cared-for children pay and choosing to invest more in their children."
—Rebecca L. Riggs, writing on "Respecting Motherhood," May 11 on the Concerned Women for America Web site at www.cwfa.org


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