Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

Note to readers: During the last week of May 2006, I participated in an on-line debate at www.marriagedebate.com My opponent asked me whether I didn’t really want to ban contraception, saying, “Don’t tell me what you think is possible. Surely you have a dream.” This is my response.

Thank you for asking. As a matter of fact, I do have a dream.

I have a dream that some day, every child will be conceived from an act of true love between parents who love each other, are married to each other, and eagerly welcome him. I have a dream that every child will spend his childhood with those parents who brought him into being. Parents see the value of the small society they have created between themselves and their children, and do everything humanly possible to sustain that society.

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Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse

When you have a reputation as a defender of marriage, you’ve got to deal with the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. This week, I got an e-mail that was definitely Not Good.

Dear Dr. J

“I’m part of group of 5 men. We all work together; we are all married, with children. Our ages range from 35 to 45. All but one of us sleeps in the basement because our wives don’t really want us very badly. The youngest of our group does not yet sleep in the basement but he reports the same frustration that moves all of us there. Sharing a bed with a woman who does not want you is painful.

“Oh, she wants you to pay the bills and be a father to your children, but she doesn’t want you. It’s difficult to just leave when you know you’ve created responsibilities, but it is pretty clear she’d rather you just left.

“It’s entirely possible that all 5 of us are losers, bad lovers and just plain whiners. It’s possible, but it’s statistically highly improbable. All 5 of us have good jobs; all but one has an advanced degree. We live in pleasant houses in safe neighborhoods.

“So pardon us if when we read the phrase “abandoned their wife” we are more inclined to believe that is was a “sotto voce ejection”.”

Mr. No Name.

OK Ladies: Can we talk?

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by Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D

This article was originally published in the National Catholic Register January 16, 2005.

What do the newly released DVD Shark Tales, Dr. Laura and Christianity have in common? They all teach that real love can make a Somebody out of anybody. The movie does its teaching indirectly, while talk-show host Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Christianity just come right out and say it. But these dissimilar cultural icons of Dr. Laura and Oscar the fishy star of Shark Tales are supporting a message basic to Christianity.

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