WEDNESDAY, 25 JUNE 2014

Porn addiction is as serious as drug addiction

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The News Story - Florida man demands right to wed computer

A recent article in The Telegraph reports that a former lawyer, Chris Sevier, recently sought a marriage license to marry his Mac-book computer.  In trying to argue his case, Sevier explained that he had become addicted to pornography via his computer, and so, “over time, [he] began preferring sex with [his] computer over sex with real women.”

The Telegraph reports Sevier as trying to make a case against the legalization of gay “marriage.”  Sevier stated in court: “If there is a risk that is posed to traditional marriage and children, both man-man couples and man-machine couples pose it equally.”  And he went on to say that “[in] considering the equal protection clause, there are no fewer policy reasons for preventing man-machine couples from marrying than there are for same-sex couples.”

While it might not be clear… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 23 JUNE 2014

Marrying before 30 ain’t all that bad

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It’s funny - with most things these days, we want it immediately. That new movie that’s out, Facebook notifications, those clothes we bought online. The only thing we seem happy to wait for is marriage, as made clear by a recent article titled “5 Good Reasons Why You Should Wait Until You’re 30 to Get Married” by a certain Paul Hudson at Elite Daily.

Well I don’t think we should wait that long. Sure, not everyone will meet their future spouse until that age or later, and that’s fine. But if you’ve found a great person and the only reason you’re not hitched is because you’re still in your twenties, that’s a problem.

So Mr. Hudson came up with five reasons not to get married until 30 (listed below). Let me refute those for you:

You barely know yourself

Sure, you barely know yourself and sure, you’ll probably change over the… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 18 JUNE 2014

Homemakers are happier

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The News Story - Stay-at-home mums on the rise as economy settles

The recent stabilization of our economy has resulted in an increase in stay-at-home mums, a recent article from The Washington Times reports.  “According to a recent Pew Research Center report,” the article states, “a greater share of mothers is not working outside the home than at any time in the past 20 years.”  Additionally, what is particularly interesting is that “[t]he largest share [of stay-at-home mothers] consists of ‘traditional’ married stay-at-home mothers with working husbands…They made up roughly two-thirds of the nation’s 10.4 million stay-at-home mothers in 2012.”  This means that we can safely say that most mothers choose to stay at home not due to economic necessity, but because they genuinely desire to care for their children and home over pursuing paid employment.

This finding seems consistent with other recent research concerning stay-at-home fathers.  A recent article from Newsday explains how,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 16 JUNE 2014

Miss USA contestant conceived in rape

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I am not a fan of that well-oiled pro-abortion argument, which goes something like, “Well, what about if the woman was raped?”  Rape is a terrible crime and it would be natural for the woman to be initially distraught at a resulting pregnancy - but ending the baby's life is not the solution.

It's true, I don’t think that abortion is okay under any circumstance, but that's because of what it does to the mother, not just the baby. She wounds herself again by acting against her motherhood - something that in itself is good and positive, just like the new life that has been conceived. 

And we cannot predict the future: just because that child was conceived in rape, this doesn’t mean they’ll have nothing to offer the world or have any less of a life because of it. Case in point is Miss USA contestant, 24-year old Valerie Gatto,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 13 JUNE 2014

Do bookshelves make bookworms?

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Moving home with a big family can be quite a trial. We have done it four times in the last fifteen years. And each time the same question arises: do we need to take all those books?

In a world of Kindles and other electronic readers it does seem a little daft to pack hundreds of crumbling paperbacks into boxes that will take weeks to empty at the other end. And then where do they go? Books take up a lot of room in a world where each square metre of floor space costs of lot of money.

So why keep them? My husband says he and his books will not be parted. They are an aide memoire, reminding him of where he was and what he was doing when he read them. My suggestion that it might be simpler to just buy a diary falls on deaf ears.

But now all those who are wedded to their collection of… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 11 JUNE 2014

Predicting the quality of your child’s future relationships

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The News Story - How to save marriage in America

Given that contemporary society seems to be ridding itself of “traditional,” breadwinner / homemaker, marriages, we might think that cohabitation, childless marriages, and career-centred bachelor lives have assumed that place.  However, a recent article in The Atlantic indicates that “child-focused” marriages have replaced more traditional marriages.  Despite their egalitarian nature – as seen by the shared tasks of domestic work and paid employment – the fact that modern marriages seem to be centred on children may be a hopeful sign for continuation of the natural family.
           
This article claims that, while marriage used to be a contract regarding gender-division of labour, today’s marital contract is seen as “a commitment device that supports high-levels of parental investment in children.”  Because of their focus on children, parents in these marriages tend to have a more conservative view of marriage… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 9 JUNE 2014

The first moments of fatherhood

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In many of life’s important moments - moments that are special for both men and women - it’s the women that tend to steal the limelight. A wedding is one (yes, I am one of those people that watch the groom as the bride walks down the aisle), and another would be the birth of a new child. That’s why I think that these photos, of men photographed minutes after the birth of their child, are so unique. They manage to capture a side of things that we might not usually notice.

The focus is usually on the mother when a child is born. And fair enough, she did a lot of the work! But a man’s life changes too – he is now responsible for a whole new human being, and there’s no doubt that a whole heap of new, intense emotions would be streaming through his veins.

These days… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 4 JUNE 2014

Infidelity is the key to a stable marriage?

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The News Story - Many successful gay marriages share an open secret

While progressives and liberals argue that homosexual “marriages” or unions are no less stable than heterosexual marriages, even if they are right, the monogamy of such relationships might nonetheless differ. Recent research indicates that homosexual couples are more likely to be permissive of infidelity and open relationships.  

An article in The New York Times explains that recent research “reveals just how common open relationships are among gay men and lesbians…The Gay Couples Study has followed 556 male couples for three years – about 50 percent of those surveyed have sex outside their relationship, with the knowledge and approval of their partners."  

What is peculiar in these cases is not just frequency of outside sexual activity, but that partners are aware of, and consent to, such infidelity. In fact, the article cites a previous… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 2 JUNE 2014

Never judge a child by its mother

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Last week on Facebook, fed-up mother Bridget Harris posted a rant about being constantly judged by strangers on her parenting – in the supermarket, in the park, anywhere in public. And she was met by a lot of support from other parents who had perhaps always wanted to speak out.

I’m not a parent myself, but it seems that she brings up some valid points.  I mean first and foremost, there aren’t many objective rights and wrongs in the details of parenting. The big things are obvious, yes - don’t harm your child, remember to feed them and so on. But in the details, everyone has their own ideas on how things should be done, which would be further influenced by the needs of each individual child, and even that day’s specific circumstances. Hitting a child until it was evidently in pain? Wrong. But giving… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

THURSDAY, 29 MAY 2014

The secret of success, from top CEOs

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What do top CEOs credit their success to? An excellent education, that inspiring mentor, maybe the years of hard work? All those things are important, but no – turns out that they’re especially grateful for their upbringing.

In a recent BBC article, Katie Hope looks at how some of the world’s leading CEOs feel that a lot of their success started at how they were brought up. After all, that’s where you learn the qualities that set you apart – the kinds of values that aren't usually taught in educational institutions. 

Joe Plumeri, Former CEO of the Willis Group, says that his father taught him to change his attitude and look for the best in each situation. John Donahoe of eBay says that he didn’t know his dad to have the word “I” in his vocabulary, and that he always put an emphasis on staying true to who you are. And Guo Guangchang,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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