What, Me Marry?

by Sarah on October 20, 2011 · 6 comments

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This is the cleverly titled cover article in this month’s Atlantic. Called “All the Single Ladies” on the web version, this is a long article that looks at the author’s dating life and her current singleness at 39, a status she may keep the rest of her life. Throughout the article she looks her history as a child of a second-wave feminist, the mindset of “marrying down” and the hook-up culture in college.  Beneath every topic she mentions is the underlying question: Is marriage as we know it dead? It is an interesting read.

The article, naturally, has attracted a lot of attention. The author has been on the Today Show, CNN and NPR. The New York Times weighs in on what kind of lesson this article will teach the next generation. The Hairpin, a comedy site for ladies, has an interview with the author as well, who argues that marriage is now an option, not a foregone conclusion.

I’m curious as to what NeW readers think about the article and her stance on marriage, the hook-up culture in college, and the dating culture at large. Is she spot on? Are there things amiss? How do the thoughts in this article tie into our Online Book Club discussion of Manning Up? Leave your thoughts in the comments!