The Pill Perplex, cont.
9:01 AM, Jul 17, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
Over the weekend Jason DeParle had a long, interesting piece on marriage in the New York Times. The gist of the piece is this couplet: (1) Marriage is a key driver of economic prosperity for families and married parents are more likely to have prosperous, healthy, stable families than single parents, and (2) marriage is increasingly becoming the preserve of college-educated whites while non-college educated whites and minorities increasingly experience single parenthood, either because of divorce, cohabitation, or out-of-wedlock childbearing.
Here's a flavor of the material:
(Readers interested in a slightly more technical—yet still very readable—exploration of this material should download this Census Bureau report on marriage and divorce.)
DeParle notes that "Across Middle America, single motherhood has moved from an anomaly to a norm with head-turning speed." Which is very true. What is also interesting, however, is what he does not note: Namely, the causes for this radical changes.
It's a complicated question and there's a mountain of research on the subject. And some of it points in directions that readers of the New York Times will not like. Fortunately, Mary Eberstadt is happy to assault their sensibilities in her new book, Adam and Eve After the Pill.