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Ross Douthat Thinks We Should Bring Back Puritanism

Douthat shows, once again, how deeply bereft of good ideas the conservative movement is.

According to the 5 millionth study released on the subject just this week, American women are afflicted with a deep-seated  dissatisfaction ... or  unhappiness ... or malaise ... you know, a "problem with no name", just like that other problem Betty Friedan wrote about in the 1960s. Except that this time around, everyone can blame feminism!

That’s what Ross Douthat does in a New York Timesop-ed, (very loosely based on the study) that the NYT chose to highlight with a slot on their online front page.

On some fronts — graduation rates, life expectancy and even job security — men look increasingly like the second sex. But all the achievements of the feminist era may have delivered women to greater unhappiness.

Douthat also chalks up the crushing dissatisfaction plaguing women to another terrible development: the "advance" of single motherhood:

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