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Men and Marriage: The Dominant Cultural Narrative

January 25, 2016
Men and Marriage: The Dominant Cultural Narrative

My regular readers know that I’m very interested in the effect that popular culture has on behavior. Specifically, it provides a cultural narrative that informs us what we should want if we’re normal. It may tenaciously grip the public consciousness even as it is rejected by individuals. Hookup culture is a perfect example; media and […]

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The Economic Benefits of Late Marriage – In the 16th Century

October 22, 2015
The Economic Benefits of Late Marriage – In the 16th Century

When it comes to delaying marriage, it’s deja vu all over again! Turns out there’s nothing remotely new or modern about delaying marriage and family into one’s late 20s. In 1500 it was the norm in northwestern Europe. I’ve just begun The Making of Home: The 500-Year Story of How our Houses Became our Homes, by Judith Flanders. […]

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Let’s Discuss: Before Midnight

September 22, 2015
Let’s Discuss: Before Midnight

Richard Linklater’s 2013 film Before Midnight – the third film in a trilogy – has enjoyed the same brilliant reception its predecessors did, garnering laudatory reviews from critics and a 98% Rotten Tomatoes rating from viewers. The film returns to Celine and Jesse, now 41 and parents of twin towheads. Here’s a summary from RogerEbert.com: Ethan […]

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Chivalry and Dating Don’t Mix

September 9, 2015
Chivalry and Dating Don’t Mix

A new study explores the question of who should pay for dates and the results confirm what all recent research has found: Both men and women believe men should pay for dates. In fact, men believe this even more strongly than women do. This is illogical and unfair – to everyone! Chivalry and dating clash […]

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The Millennial Marriage Tipping Point

August 18, 2015
The Millennial Marriage Tipping Point

For several years the media has gorged on doom and gloom in most of its coverage of Millennials. I once shared the view that hookup culture was widely embraced by this generation and predicted an eventual crisis in Millennial marriage and family formation among them. I was as surprised as anyone when my own statistical analysis […]

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