Is this much of a shock?

I’ve always got to guard against cliched, stereotyped thinking but I’m rarely surprised when empirical evidence proves some of them to be true.  Doesn’t mean you can ever apply it on the small scale, but that’s sociology for you.  As always, Andrew Leonard finds some interesting stuff.

From research presented by NC State professor Steven Greene and Dr. Laurel Elder of Hartwick College at the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting, we learn that “Parenthood makes moms more liberal, dads more conservative.”

The mom part is obvious. Since even in these supposedly progressive times, moms end up doing must of the child-rearing, they have an instant, intuitive grasp of the necessity of a strong welfare state. They naturally appreciate the advantages provided by state-funded day care and education, because without government, they’d be doing all of it. Moms generally take care of most of the kid’s doctor and dentist appointments, so they also understand why comprehensive health care insurance is essential. They also knowthat leaving kids alone to organize their own anarcho-syndicalist communes where they can do whatever they want is a recipe for smashed crockery and peanut butter stains on the Persian carpets. Moms think libertarians are just silly. Moms provide most of the nannying — of course they are pro nanny-state.

But dads? Why do dads get more conservative?



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