I keep reading new divorce statistics showing that marriage is dead. There are reasons for these new divorce statistics, but I recently read an especially bad report:
One of the largest samples of married women found that at least a third of all women in the Mamluk Sultanate of Egypt and Syria married more than once, with many marrying three or more times. As many as three out of ten marriages in Cairo ended in divorce. Some villages in western Java and the Malay peninsula had divorce rates as high as 70%.
You probably did not hear of these new divorce statistics before. The Egypt – Syria survey was before 1497 and the Java – Malay survey was for the early 1900s. Today we have fewer shotgun marriages, partly due to the increasing ability of single mothers to gualify for government benefits or otherwise support themselves. They can even increasingly do QuickBooks work from home (in case you thought this might not be the QuickBooks-Blog).
Women now have the pill, the morning after pill, better knowledge about limiting pregnancy and more reasons to fear not using condoms or having partners use them. There also are more reasons to delay marriage, since we now accept living together and adultry. New divorce statistics also may involve separations, which include the last half of a calendar year, as this saves tax money by letting both parties legally claim they are single.
In any event, my "new divorce statistics" show we are not as badly off as you may have thought.