Monday, December 15, 2003

Read This

The proportions of men and women ages 30 to 34 who have never married have both tripled since 1970, according to the 2000 Census. At the same time, there is a growing trend to glamorize marriage. The article points to that young, semi-retarded couple on MTV -- Nick and Jessica.

The statistics are interesting, although I have no strong feelings on this one way or the other. New York City is the home of happy, single people. There is always something to do and someone to play with here. I put off marriage until my thirties with no ill affects other than getting a late start at making the babies.

I was briefly amused by the reference in the article to a professor, Bella DePaulo, who is making it her life work to remove the stigma associated with being single. She says that single people must endure a "fetishization of coupling." "It's almost as if coupling were seen as magical: Once you find this person, your life becomes transformed." To counter society's fetishization of coupling, she wants to children to read stories where the princess tells the prince he's a bum, and they don't live together happily ever after.

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