University Hosts ‘Abolish the Family’ Book Talk – Progressives are in Error to Be Opposed to the Nuclear Family Just as Much as Conservatives are in Error for “Over” Promoting It
Both Progressives and Conservatives hold some incorrect attitudes or feelings about or towards The Nuclear Family.
I’m a conservative.
I can see how too many conservatives have put far too much emphasis upon The Nuclear Family (as well as upon parenthood, marriage, and natalism) to an unhealthy degree, to the point they marginalize or shame any adult who remains single (or childless) into their 30s and older, which is wrong.
The Bible does NOT hold The Nuclear Family (or marriage, natalism) up to the insane degree that so many Christians and secular conservatives do. Secular and religious conservatives have turned parenthood, marriagehood, children, and The Nuclear Family into idols.
On the other hand, the Bible is not opposed to parenthood, marriage, or The Nuclear Family.
Bible or not, I myself am not against parenthood, marriage, or The Nuclear Family and don’t see a good reason to be opposed to any of them.
So I don’t take kindly to any progressive person or group who runs around shaming anyone for being married with children, or for wanting to marry and/or have children, or for promoting arguments insisting that The Nuclear Family should be altogether abolished.
I also do not agree with or support Marxism, either. A lot of this anti-Nuclear Family garbage by leftists is usually under-girded by their promotion of Marxism, identity politics, state control, etc.
(Link): University Hosts ‘Abolish the Family’ Book Talk
(also via (Link): Campus Reform)
Dec 9, 2022
By Georgia Lucas
Sophie Lewis, an author and professor, spoke at UMass Boston on November 16 to discuss her book “Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation.”
Lewis is a faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research where she “teaches courses on feminist, trans and queer politics and philosophy.”
“Abolish the Family” suggests that the nuclear family is racist and sexist.
Her scholarship also argues that children should have more say in healthcare choices such as gender transitions.
Ideas from “Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation” stem from utopian socialist and sex radical Charles Fourier, communist family abolitionist Alexandra Kollontai, feminist Shulamith Firestone, and “queer marxists bringing family abolition to the twenty-first century” according to Verso Books.
Lewis’ book suggests that “Nobody is more likely to harm you than your family.”
Lola Olufemi’s review of “Abolish the Family: A Manifesto for Care and Liberation” states, “Lewis draws on a number of radical political genealogies to say ‘no’ – the nuclear family is a deficient provider of care and resource, a conceptual footstool for the racist nation-state and its many border regimes, a hotbed of gendered exploitation and violence.”
“You can’t overthrow capitalism, I think, without changing the family,” Lewis told Ben Smoke of Verso Books in a recent interview discussing her book.
Lewis finds it terrifying that the left is afraid to “say children are people with bodily autonomy and sexualities and have the right to be part of the world and to determine perhaps not just their healthcare needs but also maybe who they live with and how they live.”
She feels her work “is especially important right now with the assault on transgender children.”
Lewis’ Brooklyn Institute biography mentions Blind Field Journal, a publication that lists her as a frequent contributor. Through Blind Field Journal, Lewis fosters “communities of Marxist-feminist cultural criticism.”
The Center for the Humanities, Culture, and Society at UMass Boston hosted Lewis.
…Campus Reform has reported a trend in universities producing scholarship and hosting events that reflect Marxist ideas.
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Boo! Hiss! on this speaker for being anti-Nuclear Family, but I also cannot defend or support conservatives who take the opposite, yet equally opposite false attitude and position of “over hyping” the Nuclear Family.
Both sides on this topic are IN ERROR.
(Link): The Nuclear Family Has Failed – by Yoram Hazony – Re: How the Formerly Extended, “Traditional” Family Was Better for Individuals and Societies
(Link): Ten Year Old Boy Shoots His Mother Dead Because She Wouldn’t Buy Him a VR Set Off Amazon – Motherhood and the Nuclear Family Doesn’t “Save” Society or Guarantee Safety, Happiness
(Link): The Nuclear Family Was A Mistake – by David Brooks – and Related Links
(Link): Authors at The Federalist Keep Bashing Singleness in the Service of Promoting Marriage – Which Is Not Okay
(Link): BreakPoint Unfortunately Pushing the False and Un-Biblical “Society Needs Marriage and the Nuclear Family” Rhetoric (and I say this as a Conservative)
(Link): The Gross, Shaming Natalism Propaganda on Gab Platform by Its Rude Members, Including By Roman Catholics and Other Conservatives
(Link): Unmarried and Childless Women Are the Happiest, Happiness Expert Claims
(Link): Federalist Magazine Staff Annoyed that Other Outlets Publish the Down Side of Motherhood and Are Requesting Sunny Motherhood Propaganda Pieces – As If Conservatives Haven’t Pushed for Motherhood Enough? The Mind Boggles
(Link): Critique of Federalist Editorial “There Is One Pro-Women Camp In American Politics, And It’s The Right by Elle Reynolds” – Do Federalist Magazine Members Realize There Are Single, Childless Conservative Women?