Family Inequality wins Charm Quark

I’m pleased to report that the blog has been awarded the Charm Quark, which is third place in the Politics and Social Science category for 2014, from 3 Quarks Daily.

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The write-up for the award is here. The judge was Mark Blyth, and the post he read was my debunking of the State of Utah’s claim that banning same-sex marriage would make it more likely for kids to be raised by straight married parents. Blyth put my post in the category of “Bullshit Police,” writing:

If social science has a public function this is it. Theory generation and hypothesis testing and all that grad school stuff is all fine and well, but at the end of the day the job is to take the claims of those that want us to think X is Y and sniff it to see if its bullshit. … the winner in this pot is Philip Cohen for his Family Inequality piece on the state of Utah and same sex parenting. Take a causal argument. Test it. Test it again. Pronounce it bullshit. Move along. Move along. Fantastic stuff and first class ‘bullshit police’ work.

It’s very nice to have my work recognized this way. It’s especially gratifying that it was a piece that included original data analysis (and even fixed-effects regressions). I hope I did it right!

3 Quarks is a filter blog that presents posts on “science, design, literature, current affairs, art, and anything else we deem inherently fascinating” six days a week, and original pieces on Mondays. I hope you will visit the site and see what they have to offer.

Thanks to Mark Blyth and the 3 Quarks folks for the boost.

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3 responses to “Family Inequality wins Charm Quark

  1. Good. Great. You deserve it!
    No OTHER Sociology blog is front and center, nay I would say Leading in exposing the Social Science bullshit about sexual minorities and more specifically sexual minority parenting than you. Look around, who else is doing it?

    We are in a great Civil Rights battle,
    “In the end, we remember the silence of our friends, not the words of our enemies”- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  2. Luisa Deprez

    Congrats on your award! Use your blog in many classes. thanks, Luisa

    Luisa S. Deprez, Ph.D. Chair & Professor, Department of Sociology Faculty, Women & Gender Studies Muskie School of Public Service Co-Director, Scholars Strategy Network University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine 04104 Tel: 207.780.4763 “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” Mae West

    >>> Family Inequality 03/24/14 2:24 PM >>> a:hover {color: red;}a {text-decoration: none;color: #0088cc;}a.primaryactionlink:link, a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color: #2585B2; color: #fff; }a.primaryactionlink:hover, a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color: #11729E !important; color: #fff !important; }/* @media only screen and (max-device-width: 480px) { .post { min-width: 700px !important; }}*/WordPress.comPhilip N. Cohen posted: “I’m pleased to report that the blog has been awarded the Charm Quark, which is third place in the Politics and Social Science category for 2014, from 3 Quarks Daily.The write-up for the award is here. The judge was Mark Blyth, and the post he read”

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  3. Well deserved. Nobody in sociology does it better…

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