‘Fuller House’ and the Disappearance of Marriage

A year and a half ago, I reviewed the first season of Fuller House for this site. Despite enjoying the throwback, I was ultimately unimpressed with the fact that it was just a more adult version of the show I grew up watching. In my review I wrote, As an adult, I’m enjoying the series … Continued

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What ‘Persuasion’ Can Teach Millennials about Marriage and Maturity

Two hundred years ago, in December 1817, the last finished novel by Jane Austen was published posthumously. Despite its heartfelt writing and compelling characters, Persuasion has never carried the same cultural weight as Austen’s other novels. While the 1990s in particular brought Jane Austen into popular culture, with definitive film versions of Pride and Prejudice, … Continued

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When Women Keep Their Maiden Names, Does it Emasculate Men?

When it comes to gender norms in America, the times they are a changin’. One of the signs of this is the decline in the number of women changing their names after marriage. Recent surveys suggest that thirty percent of married American women either combine their names with their husbands’ names, or never change their … Continued

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The Only Way to Rebuild the Marriage Culture

If you spend any significant amount of time reading about the long-term decline of marriage among Americans with less education and lower incomes, you’ll notice a pattern: Liberals tend to blame the decline on labor-market forces, while conservatives tend to blame it on cultural and political factors. The standard liberal view is that structural economic … Continued

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What We Could All Learn from P!nk About Marriage

No one ever said marriage was easy. And now P!nk can confirm that. The pop singer, whose song “What About Us” has been blasting from the radio since it was released in August, recently “opened up” about life with her husband, Carey Hart, in an interview with The Guardian: There are moments where I look … Continued

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Now that She’s Pregnant, Should Khloé Kardashian Get Married?

In case you were expecting a shotgun Kardashian wedding, it’s not going to happen. “Khloé hasn’t typically cared about getting married before having a baby,” a source told Us Weekly. “She’s open to it but it’s not a prerequisite, to be married, before having kids.” Of course, in this way the Kardashians are more representative … Continued

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What ‘Fixer Upper’ Taught Us About Marriage

In their years on HGTV’s show, Fixer Upper, hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines achieved far more than merely getting Americans to embrace open floor plans and shiplap; they made marriage look fun again. The Texas couple’s decision to end the show after soon-to-be-aired Season Five ensures it won’t devolve into them simply playing certain roles, … Continued

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Is Marriage ‘Evolving?’

It is not impossible to find married people who occasionally daydream about the early stages of dating. Remember the first time you met someone, the first time you went out to dinner, the early conversations when you didn’t know everything about the other person, when you spent time deciding what to wear and carefully considered … Continued

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