The Conservative Christian Family and the Feminist Revolution
“The battle cry of the politically involved ConservativeChristians is ‘family values’” (pg 114). Traditional roles of men and women have been remodeled by the Women’s Movement.
According to data collected by Clem Brooks in Those who answered thisa study he conducted 1972-1996, he found a the most weresteady increase in the frequency with which conservative Protestantspeople cited elements of “family decline” as the and frequent churchgoers.nation’s “most important problem” (pg. 115) Importance of Family Decline 45% 40% 35% 30% 25% 20% 15% FD Important 10% 5% 0% Cons. Non-CP Prot. Amer.
In his book, “Soft Patriarchs, NewMen,” 2004, Brad Wilcox found thatChristian men differ in their“aspirations to be traditional providersand beacons of virtue” (pg 115)Main finding was that forConservative and Mainline Protestantmen, family came first and they aremore emotionally with their wives andchildren and do more household laborthan other American men.
GENDER ROLESThe National Opinion Research Center The most recent study that wasconducted the General Social Survey based conducted by the NORCon four questions that make up the (1996&1998) found that CPfeminism scale designed in the late 1960s were more likely to restrainas a leading social indicator (pg. 116). women’s involvement beyond the home. AAP were most likely to disapprove of married womenThe study considers four Christian working if their husbands candenominations; Conservative support them.Protestant, Afro-American CP had a different take on gender-Protestant, Mainline Protestant, and role equity, and mirrored CatholicCatholic. trends from 8-10 years earlier.
WIFE AND HUSBAND Traditional Model Approval 63% of CP and 74% MLP think housework should be evenly45% distributed.40%35% Housework Men & Women30% 80%25% 70%20% 60%15% 50% Men Fair10% 40% Share 30% Women 5% 20% >Fair Share 0% 10% CP AAP Cath MP 0% CP MLP*All models show that women opt out oftraditional model more than men do.
Rejection of “Mr. Mom” Role Pro-Choice 60%40% 50%35%30% 40%25%20% Women 30%15% Men10% 20%5%0% 10% Cons. Prot. ML Prot. 0% Cohabitated Not Cohab.
Responses to the series of questions in the 1996 Family Module (pg 122)…51% MLP and 38% CP opt for divorce. 20% MLP and 13% CP say parents should stay together for the children28% of both groups had been divorced. 73% MLP and 81% CP support maternity leave