25. Caitlin Flanagan
Columnist, The Atlantic
Flanagan, the author of lively and beguiling essays on marriage and the family, believes that an intact, two-parent family is the gold standard for raising children. Parents, in her view, “have a moral responsibility to shield their children from the many aspects of our common culture that are over-sexualized and generally meretricious.” Her advocacy is not combative, however, and has a Californian languor that distinguishes it from the more adamant brands of social conservatism.