03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Peter Orszag Love Child: Not That Rare Despite Media Obsession

Over at Double X, Kerry Howley makes a sensible point about Peter Orszag and "journalists' enduring attachment to the phrase 'love child'."

I've yet to read an Orszag analysis that does not make liberal use of the phrase. What distinguishes love children from non-love children? Presumably the former is a euphemism for children born out of wedlock, and it's certainly softer than various other euphemisms for the same. But it does seem odd that we're still calling out the 40 percent of American kids born to unmarried parents. (I'm not even sure who this stigmatizes; are kids born to married parents conceived out of dreary obligation?)

Howley's not just tossing out numbers either. The Love Children: they are ALL AROUND US! Peep this report from CNN, back in April of 2009:

Nearly 40 percent of babies born in the United States in 2007 were delivered by unwed mothers, according to data released last month by the National Center for Health Statistics. The 1.7 million out-of-wedlock births, of 4.3 million total births, marked a more than 25 percent jump from five years before.

Obviously, in order for a specific "love child" to receive media attention, its existence must intersect with the well-known white-hot sexuality of the Office of Management and Budget.

[h/t: Garace Franke-Ruta]

Are 40 Percent of Young Americans "Love Children"? [Double X]

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