Who Killed Off The Idea Of Marriage?
It’s a subject which requires a much lengthier post and there is certainly plenty of blame to go around. The Who, or the What, might include:
1. World War II and the cultural revolution at home including the increase in the number of women working outside the home, coupled with the fact that they drew a paycheck as a result.
3. The feminization of America, including the growth of the welfare state.
4, The Right to Vote.
5. The discovery of “The Pill”.
6. Greater prosperity.
7. Boom and lower unemployment.
8. The looser standards of the war years carrying over into peacetime.
9. Men returning with different world views.
And those are just a few that come to mind. One important factor I hadn’t really considered:
……….This broke down in the 1950s when men went along with Hefner’s advice that they become “playboys.” Women rightly saw the cultural fascination with hot stewardesses and movie starlets as a threat. A wife could no longer count on her husband’s fidelity. She now needed to become self-sufficient in case the bastard ran off with the secretary…….
There might be something to it. For whatever reason, maybe women became less trusting of men thus deciding to put their trust more in themselves and their government to the detriment of us all.
Just a thought….