Friday, February 23, 2007

Hymowitz on marriage

Am I the only one old enough to remember how shocking and controversial it was in 1992 when Dan Quayle criticized the "Murphy Brown" show for celebrating unwed motherhood?
Kay Hymowitz points out that despite the hysterical condemnation of Quayle, college-educated career women have overwhelmingly rejected "the Murphy Brown thing," preferring to marry and raise their children in traditional families. Hymowitz's new book, Marriage and Caste in America, examines how the decline of marriage (which continues to be a phenonemon associated with a culture of low income, low education, and low achievement) has contributed to the widening "income gap" -- even in a booming economy.

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