Study doesn’t find something. Gay lobby lies about it

Caption: This gay couple, at least, were very far from being “excellent fathers”. Both are serving 30 year prison terms.

I?ve written often before that the state of science reporting is in a parlous state. This is largely because scientifically-ignorant, not to mention biased, journalists either regurgitate misleading press releases without question, or spin findings to suit their preconceptions. When activists get involved, the dire state of science reporting gets exponentially worse. Activists will happily actively lie about science to peddle their agendas.

The gay activists spouting the following taradiddle only serve to prove my advice that, if a headline claims that ?a study finds??, you should automatically assume that it doesn?t until proven otherwise. Quote:

Gay men make excellent fathers, according to a groundbreaking study from Universit? du Qu?bec ? Montr?al (UQAM). End of quote.

Now, some gay men make excellent fathers. Others certainly make extremely shitty fathers. But, contrary to the extraordinary claim in the headline, the study cited shows no such thing.

Firstly: what makes an ?excellent father?, after all? That?s an entirely subjective value judgement which will vary from person to person. Such a subjective criteria is as beyond the scope of scientific study as asking which flavour of ice-cream is best.

Secondly, it must be noted that the sample size is very small: just 46 families. To illustrate why this is a problem, one sample-size calculator estimates that such a sample size will bring an error margin of nearly 15 percent. Given that the study?s author admits that the statistical significance behind the ?excellent fathers? claim was ?minor?, this is not insignificant.

How the sample were selected, and how representative they are compared to heterosexual couples ? homosexual male couples are usually financially better off than average, for instance, and tend to cluster into certain socio-economic niches ? will also influence results.

So, what did the study actually find? Quote:

?We learned that gay fathers? sharing of tasks is very equitable,? he said. ?There was a high degree of engagement in all types of parental roles.?

Though gay male couples bypassed many of the issues that gender stereotypes can have on heterosexual couples, the two parents often assumed different roles when it comes to child-rearing.

?There was still a statistical difference, though it was minor,? Feug? said. ?There was always one dad who did a bit more. That brought us to categorize fathers as principal and secondary caregivers.? End of quote.

Okay. Well, that sounds a whole lot less startling than the headline claim. In fact, all it seems to show is that the small sample of homosexual partners in the sample behaved much like many other modern young Western couples. Indeed: Quote:

The study found men with higher revenue were less invested in family life. It also found men with ?culturally defined feminine traits? were more involved in childcare. End of quote.

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In other words, the ?gentleman? is the breadwinner, and the ?lady? is the caregiver.

While it may be more desirable in contemporary Western culture if couples share domestic tasks ? including child-rearing ? more equably, that doesn?t justify activist media letting their confirmation bias override what should be an in-built journalistic bullshit-filter.

Journalists should keep in mind the following advice about statistical claims: If you never knew things were this bad, they probably aren’t; if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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