“The desire to protect wealth beyond a lifetime led to the concept of marriage.”
This is the instant reaction to the discovery that 53 percent of the children born to women under 30 are illegitimate.
The New York Times reported the finding on February 18, and the journalists who wrote the article did interview some young mothers in Lorain, Ohio, to find out why they didn’t want to marry. Lying west of Cleveland, Lorain is a town that has lost a huge number of blue-collar jobs in recent years and where the number of single mothers is rising rapidly. Their explanations included the following:
- They didn’t think enough of the father to marry him.
- The father was reluctant to marry them.
- The marriage probably wouldn’t last anyway.
- Just living together was fine.
- If they married, they might lose government benefits like food stamps and child care.
- They were making enough money to provide for a child themselves.
The article went on to say that, in these economic times, men are worth less than they used to be. Of course that statement pertains to the men most disadvantaged by the recession, but it brings up a question: How did the institution of marriage develop anyway? Read Full Post »