But his type does exist, in multitudinous forms The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat explains fiction.

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It comes from thinking about their future happiness, and about a young man named Nathaniel P.

This character, Nate to his friends, doesn’t technically exist: He’s the protagonist in Adelle Waldman’s recent novel of young-Brooklynite manners, “The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.”
The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

EVERYONE is thinking about Nathaniel P. I mean, it’s a book that’s probably on the NYTimes fiction list or whatever.

http://www.amazon.com/The-Love-Affairs-Nathaniel-P/dp/0805097457

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“prove” something completely different The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

Now we’re questioning the validity of this kind of research…okay.

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But let me make a more limited, more personal argument on the subject. The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

By all means…

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Internal monologue The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

Douthat’s actual internal monologues almost certainly contain a lot more meandering thoughts about donuts and sex than he lets on here.

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Well, because previous research on this question had suggested the reverse, with parents of daughters leaning left and parents of sons rightward. And those earlier findings dovetailed neatly with liberal talking points about politics and gender: Republicans make war on women, Democrats protect them, so it’s only natural that raising girls would make parents see the wisdom of liberalism ...

But the new study undercuts those talking points. Things are more complicated than you thought, liberals!
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The previous studies include a 2008 voting analysis of members of congress, and several studies about the voting habits of Europeans in Europe.

The new study (that makes Ross tingle) is based on “on data collected two decades ago from 661 respondents with biological children interviewed for the 1994 General Social Survey conducted by the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center.

The question isn’t which study is correct, but whether or not they are even measuring the same things, and in the case of the “new” study, whether we should make a mountain out of data that are 30 years old.

Things are more complicated indeed.

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Especially if you’re highly educated, which is where the effect was strongest! The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

The sentence from the study Douthat cites in this op-ed reads, “The daughters effect is considerably stronger among better educated and wealthier parents.”

Why does Douthat mention education but not wealth? Maybe because we tend to think that education correlates with voting blue and wealth with voting red.

Therefore by leaving out wealth, he hopes to avoid a suspicious correlation that might lead his readers to question the validity of the study. I’m not claiming that highly educated people tend to vote democratic, or that rich people tend to vote republican. And I’m not suggesting that the authors of the study in question didn’t properly control for variables like education and income. I’m pointing out that Douthat intentionally omitted the fact that the effect was stronger among families with higher incomes in order to support his own agenda.

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Why pleasure? The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

Everytime Douthat says “pleasure,” I imagine his sad penis tingling. Everytime Douthat’s sad penis tingles he whips it out and smashes it between the pages of very heavy bible. This is actually why it is sad, but Douthat hasn’t fully grasped the connection.

Here is a screenshot of Ross Douthat from Bloggingheads.tv Off camera, he is smashing his sad penis with a bible.

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Or the pleasure that I took recently from the headline: “Study: Having daughters makes parents more likely to be Republican.” The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat doesn’t know what pleasure is. He’s built his career on demonizing pleasure…er…defending the sanctity of marriage and admonishing right-feeling people for engaging in sex outside of marriage (gasp).

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FOR our age of wonks and white papers and warring experts, there ought to be a word — something just short of, though not shorter than, schadenfreude — for the gentle thrill inspired by a social-science finding that mildly unsettles one’s ideological opponents. The Daughter Theory by Ross Douthat

Schadenfreude is joy occasioned by the misfortune of others. Douthat could probably just use schadenfreude to describe this “new” kind of “gentle thrill,” but then he wouldn’t be able to make a joke about how long German words are (“though not shorter than”). Ross Douthat is not a funny person, which is why he derives comedic joy from the length of words in a foreign language.

The substantive issue here is the lack of substance. Douthat is going to expound a “Daughter theory” based on a new social-science finding. While social-science makes great fodder for op-ed page bloviation, we should be skeptical of it’s ultimate truth value, and especially skeptical of anyone who uses extends a social scientific finding into a broad new theory, without doing any additional work except jerking off.

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