This is How Radically Modern Marriage Has Changed

Posted on March 29, 2017

The insatiable demand for gender equality has called for swift societal changes that revolutionised the concept of marriage. In the past when women’s role was still relegated to the domestic sphere, marriage is emblematic of a long term commitment that serves to provide women with economic stability. With more women climbing up the well-endowed ladder of academic and career success, the reasons that traditionally drove marriage were eroded. Now, modern marriage is all about an intensive investment in children.

Even though marriage now seems to be driven by the desire to provide more for the child, the idea of marriage remains in flux, representing various meanings to different parts of society. As explained by Professor Lundberg, “What we see is a striking adherence to traditional marriage patterns among the college educated and those with higher professional degrees. While marriage rates have declined consistently over time, they have declined far more among people whose education level is high school or some college.”

Furthermore, the well-educated parents who are more financially wealthy have increased their investments in children in terms of the time and money. Being equipped with the knowledge and resources, these parents expect their child to build an economic success for themselves as well, which may seem unattainable for parents with lesser resources.

Regardless of income and education, most men and women still do marry eventually.
What really differs is the timing of marriage. Moreover, a very high proportion of women with a high school diploma or some college have their first child before marriage and this is very rare among people who attain at least a college degree. With the various reasons and views that drives such an union, the evolution of marriage is one that is interesting to view and examine.


Category(s):Relationships & Marriage

Source material from Psyblog


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