This weekend’s New York Times featured two stories that caught my eye: that the majority of women who give birth under the age of 30 are unmarried, and that PTAs across the country are seeing an influx of dads.
These developments, plus the raging debate over whether Catholic institutions are obligated to provide their employees with health care that includes birth control, are all part of how our culture is renegotiating changing ideas of gender and family.
According to the New York Times, that renegotiation has a lot to do with economics.
“Marriage has become a luxury good,” said. Frank Furstenberg, a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Explanations for marital decline start with home economics: men are worth less than they used to be.”
What do you think? Are you a single parent, and do you see an increasing number of single parents where you live? Are changing rates of marriage different among different sorts of communities? What does it mean if dads are staying home and joining the PTA? Weigh in, North Country. And as always, keep it respectful.