"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...
3. Respect. Men obtained respect from their families and communities by being fathers. Today, fathers are portrayed by our media as being bumbling idiots who, without the oversight of their wives, would be helpless in confronting the world around them. Men can't even take pride in being the provider; after all, we're told women can do it just as well--and without us! 4. Protector. Pretty much the rule of all media outcomes is that women can handle their dukes as well as any man. In fact even better. I don't remember Hollywood ever portraying a man as coming out on top in a fight with a woman. (Nor being the righteous one, but that's a different matter.)
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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