Dear Erick Erickson: What?

An article at RedState by conservative blogger and radio personality Erick Erickson recently caused a bit of a stir.  There are lots of other people denouncing the “science” behind statements like this:

Pro-science liberals seem to think basic nature and biology do not apply to Homo sapiens. Men can behave like women, women can behave like men, they can raise their kids, if they have them, in any way they see fit, and everything will turn out fine in the liberal fantasy world.

You see, there is a specific way men act, and a specific way women act, and that’s NATURE. It’s SCIENCE. And if we mix up the roles then EXTINCTION (or something). But anyway, that stuff is being addressed elsewhere.

Erickson’s “social science” of statements like, “But to say the two parent, heterosexual household isn’t the best for children or, more troubling, that our society should not be encouraging it, may make people feel tolerant and open, but it is killing our society,” is also being addressed elsewhere.

What I want to talk about is Erickson’s conflation of this statement:

[K]ids most likely will do best in households where they have a mom at home nurturing them while dad is out bringing home the bacon. As a society, once we moved past that basic recognition, we’ve been on a downward trajectory of more and more broken homes and maladjusted youth.

with this statement:

But to say the two parent, heterosexual household isn’t the best for children or, more troubling, that our society should not be encouraging it, may make people feel tolerant and open, but it is killing our society.  As Pew found, ‘Three-fourths of those surveyed say these mothers make raising children harder, and half worry that it’s bad for marriages. About half of those surveyed felt it was better if mothers stayed home with young children.’

So, in essence, what Erickson is saying is that society stopped believing that nuclear, heterosexual families are the best environment in which to raise kids, so society went to hell, which is evidenced by the fact that a majority of those surveyed believe nuclear, heterosexual families are the best environment in which to raise kids.

But, wait. I thought society stopped believing that, and that’s why things are all broken and maladjusted? That 75% better catch up, then. They’re still believing the stupid, misogynistic tripe that “society” — which apparently consists of a scant 25% of people in society — stopped believing ages ago. Either that, or that 75% is way better at talking its talk than walking its walk.

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