Yenor, Scott
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Scott Yenor is Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science at Boise State University.


Can There Be a Moderate Feminism?

A genuinely moderate feminism must begin with an acknowledgement of the goodness in human love, human community, and responsibility, not with a radical embrace of independence and self-created identities. It must acknowledge and respect some differences between the sexes and see them as part of human being.

Date posted: 2019-01-06

How the New Corporate Elite Sold Same-Sex Marriage to the American Public

Though it was now almost three years ago, the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision provides us with an opportunity to ask some important questions about our culture. How did same-sex marriage come to America? Where is an America with same-sex marriage headed next? What does it imply about us that it did? Darel Paul's meticulous, courageous account of how the elites brought same-sex marriage to America deserves to be read by all who would understand where we are and where we're going.

Date posted: 2018-04-29

The Rolling Revolution in Sex and Gender: A History

In today's culture wars, yesterday's common sense is often tomorrow's bigotry. No one thirty years ago imagined same-sex marriage; now opposition to it may be officially proscribed. Yesterday every kindergartener knew that boys have a penis and girls have a vagina, but the ascendancy of transgender rights seems to render questionable - even demeaning - some of the most familiar aspects of life, like sex-specific bathrooms and showers.

Date posted: 2017-08-06

Why Autonomy Cannot Explain Marriage and Family Life

Radical autonomy does not capture the webs into which we are born, our experiences of deep neediness and equally deep love, our embodied nature, our reaction to tragedies and unforeseen obstacles, or our response to our children once they arrive. Autonomy resists the dependence at the heart of loving relationships.

Date posted: 2016-09-21

Toward Plural Marriage: Understanding and Countering the Liberal Wringer

Anyone interested in defending marriage and family life must first expose the built-in biases and hidden moral teaching within the contemporary liberal perspective.

Date posted: 2015-12-27

Population Decline and the Birth Dearth

Jonathan Last's new book attributes population decline and the birth dearth to two trends that started in the Enlightenment era - first, an effort to limit death; second, an effort to control birth. Both trends are guided by a desire to control nature.

Date posted: 2013-04-09

The Family: What Is to Be Done? (Part II)

Marital love implies dependence on another instead of autonomy, and it shows that certain goods (sex and procreation, love and marriage, marriage and parenthood) are connected. We must recover the language of self-giving.

Date posted: 2011-06-20

The Family's End (Part I)

The logic of contract and the movement to conquer nature have resulted in the triumph of autonomy and demise of the family.

Date posted: 2011-06-20