Abstract

Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men's life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options: increasingly, her choice is between deadbeats (whose numbers are rising) and playboys (whose power is growing). But this strange state of affairs also presents an opportunity: as the economy evolves, it's time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society's highest ideal.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/11/all-the-single-ladies/8654/
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