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Marriage and Caste in America:
Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age



"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."

—Ron Haskins,
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

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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 years—what I call the unmarriage revolution—has 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. . .

 

 

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BOOKS BY
Kay S. Hymowitz

Liberation's Children:
Parents and Kids in a Postmodern Age

(Ivan R. Dee, 2003)

Ready or Not:
Why Treating Children as Small Adults Endangers
Their Future—and Ours

(Free Press, 1999)

 

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