Report: Marriage sucks for women
Think those two in the picture look happy? Note the discomfort in her expression and her inability to open her own eyes to see the truth right in front of her. Meanwhile, he surveys his bride as if he wants to eat her, or at least, capitalize on her earnings and work ethic.*
There’s been an abundance of research about women in the press lately, most recently, the Pew report finding that the ladies are now better educated and often better paid than their layabout hubbies.
What’s radically changed is that marriage now is a better deal for men,” said Richard Fry, co-author of the report, published by the Pew Research Center. “Now when men marry, often their spouse works quite a bit. Often she is better-educated than the guy.” In 1970, unmarried men “had a higher economic status than married guys,” he said, “but no longer.”
This follows the disturbing news that married women are fatter, more depressed/conflicted/trapped/cranky, and have to do more chores than their single peers. Meanwhile, married men live longer, are in better shape, and wear their shit-eating grins without a trace of compunction as they sit on the couch instead of taking out the garbage.
We’ve known for some time that men need marriage more than women from the standpoint of physical and mental well-being,” said Stephanie Coontz, a professor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and research director for the Council on Contemporary Families, a research and advocacy group. “Now it is becoming increasingly important to their economic well-being as well.”
I’m all for men being happy and healthy, don’t get me wrong. I like men, I do. But what’s with women getting the short end of the marriage stick? And if these new, smarter, better-paid women are so unhappy in marriage, will they keep getting hitched?
As much as we all plotted our double weddings to various hair band members back in seventh grade (okay, that was just me), maybe not. “Marriage itself is in some decline, the report showed. In 1970, 84 percent of the 30- to 44-year-old group was married. Now it is 60 percent.”
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait for the next report to find out if those are men or women declining the institution, or just cynics of all genders.
In the meantime, take heart: the key to marital happiness for women can be found in yet another study: Marry an ugly dude.
*Comments about the couple in the photo are author’s interpretations only. She does not know Phil and Marlene and is sure they are truly in love and equally intelligent/well-paid.