If America has endured a “divorce revolution” since California passed no-fault divorce in 1969, we’ve now entered the counterrevolutionary phase. Divorce rates have fallen from their peak in the early ’80s, the deep pain often felt by children of divorce is openly acknowledged, and young Americans typically express both fear and a moral horror at divorce. They are determined not to repeat the mistakes of previous generations; avoiding divorce is a constant anxiety, even obsession.Go and read the rest ~ Divorce Dilemma ~ The American Conservative
But as with most purely reactionary cultural movements, the revolt against divorce has been much better at targeting what it rejects than figuring out what it’s for. In a strange, sad twist, the divorce counterrevolution has only weakened our marriage culture more.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
A good article by Eve Tushnet at The American Conservative on marriage and how the biggest threat to it today is the fear of divorce. Focusing too much on the scapegoats for family breakdown, we don't spend enough time building up marriage itself.