Sunday, December 17, 2006

Gilligan and Pruett furious with Dobson over his distortion of their work

Well-known researcher and author Dr. Carol Gilligan is blasting child-abusing, dog-beating, breathtakingly homophobic James Dobson for disorting her research in a column he wrote for Time Magazine.

Focus on the Family's Dobson wrote:

According to educational psychologist Carol Gilligan, mothers tend to stress sympathy, grace and care to their children, while fathers accent justice, fairness and duty. Moms give a child a sense of hopefulness; dads provide a sense of right and wrong and its consequences. Other researchers have determined that boys are not born with an understanding of "maleness." They have to learn it, ideally from their fathers.

Says Gilligan: "My work in no way suggests same-gender families are harmful to children or can't raise these children to be as healthy and well adjusted as those brought up in traditional households." She says a lot more than that, too, including that she was "mortified" when she read what Dobson had written.

Yale's Dr. Kyle Pruett was just as angry over what Dobson wrote about his findings:

On page 134 of the book you cite in your piece, I wrote, 'What we do know is that there is no reason for concern about the development or psychological competence of children living with gay fathers. It is love that binds relationships, not sex.'"

What is really disturbing is what has been left unsaid: That Time Magazine would provide a guest columnist slot for a man who advocates the hitting of children, and the re-hitting of them if they cry more than the "genuine" two minutes they are allotted. A man who has bragged about beating his dog in order to assert his "authority." A man who believes that homosexuality can be "prevented" and "cured," that gay men are prone to be pedophiles, that women should submit to the "authority" of their husbands, and that Spongebob Squarepants may be part of the "gay agenda."

12 Comments:

So is Time going to cover this part of the story? I haven't been able to tell. Dobson makes me ill. The local bookstores here in Arkansas sell his swill, and parents buy it (in all senses of the word).

By Blogger delagar, at 6:27 PM  

My guess is that Time will cover these responses to the Dobson column. But it won't make them look any less foolish.

By Blogger Diane, at 7:50 PM  

I understand Gilligan's horror at having her work twisted that way. Anyone else see the double bind at work? Damned if women are the same as men, damned if we are different...

By Blogger Ann Bartow, at 11:08 AM  

Yes, and well said.

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