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7 Reasons Marriage Is Falling Apart in America

1960Republican Wrote: Apr 06, 2013 5:39 AM
While the rest of the column is merely a rehash of the issue, there is a bit of a problem with the kickoff point -- "(M)arried women were asked, ‘In your opinion, do you think it is all right for a woman to have sexual relations before marriage with a man she knows she is going to marry? ...86% said no." The 86% said it wasn't "right," does not mean they didn't do it. I was raised in the upper middle class, in a conservative community, attended strict Catholic schools, and at age 18 I was the last virgin among the 1956 HS graduates. Agreeing that something is right means nothing. I guess one needs a good Catholic school education, in order to know how to think and write an argument.
inkling_revival Wrote: Apr 06, 2013 9:05 AM
"The 86% said it wasn't "right," does not mean they didn't do it."

But the vastly lower rate of the spread of venereal diseases in 1960 DOES prove they didn't do it. So does the vastly lower rate of teen pregnancy. So does the vastly lower rate of teen abortions.

The notion that "they've always been having sex" is a lie told by weak moderns hoping to justify their own sexual incontinence. We've always wanted to, but we haven't always done so.

BTW, I doubt that you actually polled your whole class of 1956, and I suspect that at least half the guys you DID ask about their virginity, lied.
1960Republican Wrote: Apr 06, 2013 11:53 AM
inkling - Believe it or not, we had a 50th year 8th grade, grad class reunion. Most went on to the same high school. At the reunion of now 64 year olds, they all talked.

Another tip-off that Hawkins' report of the ridiculous "survey" is bogus -- it said, "married" women. Which one of them is going public with her escapades?

I am not trying to "justify" anything, merely reporting the anecdote. Maybe they were the only ones, but....
It's no secret that marriage has been in decline in America, but most people don't realize how quickly it has been crumbling. The numbers are staggering and the sea change in attitude that has gone along with them would shock previous generations of Americans.

"In 1960, two-thirds (68%) of all twenty-somethings were married. In 2008, just 26% were." "To get a sense of how different attitudes were in the 1960s, perhaps this will do it. (M)arried women were asked, ‘In your opinion, do you think it is all right for a woman to have sexual relations before marriage...