Simple question, hear me out.
Today, dating is liberal for most Americans. Hooking up, then dating, is fine. Living together unmarried is fine. Having kids together without being married is fine.
Most divorce filers are women, and not for reasons of abuse or cheating. papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=713110 Divorce is also devastating for middle class men, financially and mentally--divorced men die sooner than never married men, on average.
Argument in point--I was talking to a divorce attorney in Marietta, GA. He had a case where the wife cheated, gave hubby herpes, than won out with half of everything plus 15k worth of household stuff.
Marriage is a legal bond that can be dissolved at any time, for no reason, and gives no special benefits to men--married couples also pay higher taxes. Men literally have no benefit of legally wedding over just living with a woman and doing whatever.
So have women priced themselves out of marriage, through progressive changes in marriage and dating over the last decades? Thoughts?
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I would say marriage has gotten to the point, where is a win win situation for the woman, not such much for the man.
That said however, despite the grim statistics, some people still make it work.
I do a lot of volunteer work at a church in my town, and many of the people in that community who I have gotten to know over the years have been married for life including some younger ones my age, who have only been married 5 years or so or who have just gotten married.
Despite the fact that American society has become more progressive in general over the past few decades, there are still many people with traditional values who work hard to make their marriage last a lifetime. We just don't hear about them as often.
Not everyone thinks hooking up or having kids out of wedlock is fine.
I'm not religious myself, but don't believe in casual sex, and don't plan on having children.
I would say it depends largely on the woman's mindset and how they were raised mostly. Sure they could gain a lot by divorcing, but some still don't believe in divorce other than for abuse or unfaithfulness.0