How did UTexas sociologist Mark Regnerus get to be so hated?

A study of gay parenting exploded when it hit the media

From Denyse O’Leary at MercatorNet:

The fact that Regnerus could not be debunked only increased the general hostility and, as with Freeman decades earlier, the roof soon fell in. A UCLA demographer organized about 200 academics to denounce him.

What were the criticisms offered? Some took issue with his terminology, but those complaints didn’t really amount to much. A more fruitful area for attack was the issue around the stability of relationships.

It was hard to find children of same-sex parents who had been together for long. Ironically, that fact—instead of pointing clearly to a problem for children in same-sex households—provided an opportunity to attack Regnerus’s findings. More.

Reality check: Social science is now so driven by political correctness that facts do not matter. That is not a formula for science success: There is concern across the spectrum about its standing as a science at all. That’s the topic of my next piece.

See also: Part I: What’s wrong with social science today? Did it all begin with Margaret Mead’s giddy portrait of guilt-free promiscuity in the 1920s?


Back to school briefing: Seven myths of social psychology

  • Because he had the wontons to report his observations, warts and all.

  • Daviddowntown

    Because he told the truth.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Key part was because it was hard to find families that had stayed together that long.
    Some people stay together because of the kids.
    Some of us bite our tongue for a while because of the kids and get through it.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Has MercatorNet been reported as a hate site yet?

  • simus1

    Red Fascism on campus is where the cool academics and their over the hill catamites all hang out.