On January 16 in Washington, D.C., the Claremont Institute sponsored a panel entitled "Marriage, Modesty & Modernity." Panelists included two of Claremont's 2006 Lincoln Fellows, Jennifer Marshall and Carol Platt Liebau, as well as Elayne Bennett, President of the Best Friends Foundation. Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online moderated the panel. The panel discussed, among other things, what the popularity of Juno and the casual acceptance of teen pregnancy say about the current state of the family and morality today.
Jennifer Marshall is the director of domestic policy studies at The Heritage Foundation and the author of Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century. Carol Platt Liebau, a political analyst and commentator, is the author of Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!).
The panel took place in the University Hall of the University Club of Washington, D.C.
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Download the podcast of the event HERE.
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UPDATE: On the National Review Online blog, the Corner, Kathryn Jean Lopez writes:
I came to the Beltway yesterday to moderate a panel for the Claremont Institute on love, marriage, and all the most intimate and fundamental issues. It was a good break away from Michigan exit polls and South Carolina predictions and an important one. On the panel were Elayne Bennett, head of the Best Friends Foundation, an angel of the inner-city and American culture, who spends her days getting the best out of young people—showing them that there is an alternative to hooking up, giving them the gift of self-respect. Jennifer Marshall, from the Heritage Foundation, was there as well, crunching numbers and talking, among other things, about the struggles of twenty and thirty and fortysomething women who want to be married in a culture not always conducive to it, the subject of her book, Now and Not Yet. Carol Platt Liebau, author of Prude, meanwhile, has a great big-picture sense of where we've been, are, and are going—and how to get beyond feminism's mistakes. It was an excellent, constructive, lively, smart conversation with three wonderful, clear-thinking gals. The folks at Claremont—this was the brainchild of the D.C. branch of Claremont, Seth Leibsohn, who produces Bill Bennett's radio show, and Secretary Bennett. There are plans for a transcript an audio, and I'll link when the time comes. In the meantime, there are books and a great organization to check out.
Now and Not Yet: Making Sense of Single Life in the Twenty-First Century, by Jennifer Marshall
Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Damages Girls (and America, Too!), by Carol Platt Liebau