Trends of Marriage and Divorce Essay

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Marriage is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the world. Its status has changed drastically over the years, and in the last few decades alone has gone from being a social expectation to simply an option for most people. In the 1920s, marriage was generally considered an expectation for all young women, lest they dry up like cacti before they bore children. Today, marriage is generally recognized as a commitment that may satisfy some, though many choose to forgo the process. The differences between the cultural perception of marriage in the “Roaring Twenties” compared to today have manifested themselves in many different ways. Marriage in the 1920s was less of an option, and more of an expectation. Despite a decline in …show more content…
In the 1920s, ardent and outspoken opponents of marriage were hard to find and they found it even harder to be taken seriously. Marriage as a social norm has become a remnant of a bygone era. Marriage is archaic, superfluous, and risky. From a quantitative standpoint, almost half of all people who marry divorce. The chance of having a successful marriage is on par with flipping a coin. Beyond that, initial marriage rates are at a low, and people are beginning to see that marriage is only one of many options in pursuing a long-term relationship with a partner. With the increasing rates of divorce and decreasing rates of marriage in America, marriage has proven itself to be an outdated institution and possibly even a detriment to otherwise healthy relationships. Statistically, matrimony could be compared to roulette: red meaning divorce and black meaning a successful long-term marriage. Not only is marriage a gamble when it comes to divorce, but extramarital affairs as well. Up to 60% of men and 50% of women will “have sex with somebody other than their spouse during their marriage” (Bennett), says a Newsweek article on the state of marriage. With infidelity among public figures becoming more and more ubiquitous, it is no small wonder that America leads the Western world in divorce rates (Bennett). In fact, in just the first five years, about

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