Roy at alicublog wonders just what it is about those single gals that bugs conservative blogger Lileks so much. Why should it be considered some kind of social crises per se that 51% of adult American women are now single?
Why are the private beliefs and behaviors of other citizens so annoying to Lileks? Probably because what was once said of the left wing is now demonstrably true of the right: for them, the personal is the political. The marriage habits and bedroom behaviors of others obsess them; they obsessively judge the political content of movies, TV shows, and so forth. I guess when your politics are shown to be disastrously inapt for the country, what else have you got left?Of course, the personal was always political for many conservatives. A great deal of conservatism has related to moral judgments about the way people should live their lives - they should live their lives as conservatives believe people used to live their lives, in those virtuous days recalled in the mystic chords of memory.