"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...
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.
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.
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