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04.06.2013, 8:44 AM

Marriage Media
Week of March 31, 2013
Courtesy of Bill Coffin

1.  Nine Facts about Marriage and Childbirth in the United States, The Washington Post

  1. The average age for childbearing is now younger than the average age for marriage
  2. We are very near the “tipping point” when most births will happen out of wedlock.
  3. Most unwed mothers are not teen mothers . . .

An article on Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America. For more, see #2-#7.

2. The Other Marriage Inequality: Column, USA Today

[I]t turns out that marriage inequality is one of the biggest things making people less equal, accounting for as much as 40% of the difference in incomes: “It is the privileged Americans who are marrying, and marrying helps them stay privileged.”

3. The New Unmarried Mom, The Wall Street Journal 

If 30 is the new 20, today’s unmarried 20-somethings are the new teen moms. And the tragic consequences are much the same: children raised in homes that often put them at an enormous disadvantage from the very start of life.

4. Study: Delaying Marriage Hurts Middle-Class Americans Most, The Washington Post

“When they can’t get the white picket fence, and a certain level of stability,” they defer marriage and have higher rates of nonmarital births. That in turn fuels more poverty, and takes them further away from the white picket fence.”

5. Knot Yet: The Future of Marriage in the U.S., The Brookings Institution

The great crossover in childbearing and marriage is concentrated among the 60 percent of young adults who have a high school degree but not a college degree. [The great crossover is "the fact that the age of first marriage. . . now lags the average age of first birth by about a year" (Source #7).]

6. The Case for Getting Married Young, The Atlantic

Culturally, young adults have increasingly come to see marriage as a “capstone” rather than a “cornerstone”—that is, something they do after they have all their other ducks in a row, rather than a foundation for launching into adulthood and parenthood.

7. Late Marriage and Its Consequences, The New York Times

So while the new romantic landscape doesn’t offer automatic benefits to the upper class and automatic costs to everyone else, it does create a situation where the people who need the least help figuring out the wisest life course have multiple clear paths to take, and the people who would most benefit from a simple map to responsible adulthood can easily end up in a maze instead.

For more, see here.

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