"Marriage and Caste in America
is the best single book on the damage being done to our nation by
the explosion of divorce and nonmarital births since the 1960s.
Beginning with the widely ignored fact that it is minorities and
the poor who are disproportionately affected by family breakdown,
this provocative book presents a disturbing tale of cultural meltdown.
Reading it is like reading a cultural obituary."
Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Co-Director, Center
on Children and Families, The Brookings Institution
(Ivan R. Dee, November 2006)
By Kay S. Hymowitz, William
E. Simon fellow and City Journal contributing editor
Getting Hitched Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online, 01-23-07
The "breakdown of marriage in the United States - which began about forty years ago as divorce
and out-of-wedlock birthrates started to soar - threatens America's future. It is turning us into
a nation of separate and unequal families". . . [Kay Hymowitz] took some questions from
National Review Online editor Kathryn Lopez. . .
Kathryn Jean Lopez: I assume you read the New York Times story last week that reported
that 51 percent of American women are not married. What irked you most about it?
Kay Hymowitz: The article was a vintage example of how the Times shapes information to
appeal to its readers' class prejudices. The Times discovers that 51 percent of American
women are single and concludes that this must mean the feminists were right. Women don't need to
be married to be happy! Marriage is dying! . . . Well, not so fast. For one thing, the story plays
fast and loose with statistics, especially by including teenagers between 15 and 19 and so adding
millions of girls who still get an allowance from their parents as "single women". . .
Marriage and Caste in America Jamie Glazov, FrontPageMag.com, 12-05-06
FP: What is the marriage gap? Tell us about it.
Hymowitz: It turns out that the dramatic rise in illegitimacy and divorce during the last forty yearswhat I call the unmarriage
revolutionhas been largely limited to less educated men and women. College educated women have never gone in for having babies outside
of marriage; Murphy Brown was largely a Hollywood fantasy. Moreover, divorce rates among higher educated women have been going down since
1980. The bottom line is that the large majority of well educated women are raising their children with their children's father. . .