Marriage is such a beautiful thing. Seeing two people come together as one and making an oath to love and care for each other for the rest of their lives is a wonderful sign of love and commitment. It’s a perfect way for two people who want to spend the rest of their lives together to affirm their love and dedication to one other.
If all of that is the case, then is there even a problem with marriage at all, like the title seems to suggest? To put it bluntly, yes. However, most of the problems with marriage that are present today aren’t necessarily with the institution of marriage itself, but rather today’s perceptions of marriage and the trends that have come from them. I talk a little bit more about this in an article on my personal blog, but today I want to present you with some of the disturbing trends concerning marriage that have become more persistent in the last few years, explain why these trends may be happening, and present why this is such a big problem for individuals and society as a whole.
To start, it’s shocking to see that according to the Pew Research Center, marriage rates among adults United States have dropped from 72 percent in 1960 to only 50 [ercent in 2016. According to the CDC, less than seven people per thousand in the U.S. are getting married, accounting for both heterosexual and homosexual marriages. Despite the myriad of health, financial, and emotional benefits that can come from tying the knot (for the right reason), in recent years we’ve seen dozens of op-eds, videos, articles, blog posts, and the like trying to discourage people, especially women, from getting married. Plus, with the rise of radical leftism and modern feminism, some (not all) women have started acting so toxic and insufferable that no one would want to marry them anyway, leading to the rise of men who want nothing to do with marriage or women whatsoever, otherwise known as MGTOWs.
If you haven’t caught on by now, it’s clear that the biggest opponents of marriage are modern feminists. They claim that the institution of marriage is archaic, outdated, and only exists to serve the patriarchy. However, mountains of research show that men and women both benefit tremendously from marriage. A happy marriage has been shown to be good for our health and happiness, plus there is a wealth of social and financial benefits that come from marriage as well. Married couples make more money on average than their unmarried counterparts, both sides of a married couple can claim benefits from each other on things like social security or insurance claims, and married couples can visit each other in the ER or urgent care even after legal visiting hours. And of course, the importance of raising children with two married biological parents cannot be overstated.
There has been an inordinate amount of research to show that children raised in a two-parent households are healthier, more likely to graduate high school and attend college, and are less likely to engage in criminal activity. When all of this is considered, it’s extremely disheartening to see marriage rates decreasing at the rate that they are. Now, don’t misunderstand my point. None of this is to imply that people should be forced to get married. Marriage is not for everybody, and we shouldn’t be forcing high school students into marriages if they’re not ready or if they don’t want to. That does happen in other places all over the world, but that is an entirely different can of worms that likely warrants another article in its own right. I’m simply trying to say that the declining marriage rates in the United States can be a serious problem. Without stable families and children growing up with both biological parents, American society may end up falling apart.