Caitlin Flanagan by way of Time Magazine has given us yet another inane, inaccurate and downright insulting matrimaniacal article. A few highlights:
“There is no other single force causing as much measurable hardship and human misery in this country as the collapse of marriage.” Hmmm…I can think of some other things causing human misery: Poverty, lack of affordable healthcare, the toxicity levels in our food and water, terrorism, war….feel free to add to this list, dear readers.
“…[I]n all cases, the kids living with both parents drastically outperform the others.” Bella DePaulo did a brilliant job of explaining how this is bullshit…for the 47,874th time!
Regarding lifelong marriage: “We want something like that for ourselves; we recognize that it is something of great worth, but we are increasingly less willing to put in the hard work and personal sacrifice to get there.” So unmarried couples are just phoning it in?
“A lasting marriage is the reward, usually, of hard work and self-sacrifice.” But how much of yourself do you have to sacrifice to make a marriage/relationship work? Eventually you can get to a point where you don’t recognize yourself anymore.
“What is the purpose of marriage? Is it…simply an institution that has the capacity to increase the pleasure of adults…[o]r is marriage an institution that still hews to its old intention and function: to raise the next generation…” Is it impossible for these people to imagine that many people just aren’t interested in raising children?
Basic translation of this piece: I am better than you because I am married with children. My life has more value than yours, you single barren sluts and miserable welfare queens.
Anyone else tired of these Smug Married Suburban Soccer Bitches? I know I am.