Mar 28, 2006

Marriage is for white people!?

A very interesting article:
The marriage rate... has been dropping since the 1960s... In 2001, according to the U.S. Census, 43.3 percent of black men and 41.9 percent of black women in America had never been married, in contrast to 27.4 percent and 20.7 percent respectively for whites... In the period between 1970 and 2001, the overall marriage rate in the US declined by 17 percent; but for blacks, it fell by 34 percent.
My sociology professor said that for all societies on Earth, the more "industrialized" the society, the HIGHER is the DIVORCE RATE. Japan was a very conservative country with very low divorce rate... until it became industrialized. US apprarently is getting to the next step: avoiding marraige all together.

I know that divorce rates have been increasing in Jordan... God knows if we'll reach the US rates at one point.



  1. This is scary stuff and I cannot imagine Jordan in the same situation ..
    For starters; we do not have the level of freedom that these societies have, so women cannot and are not allowed to lead single lives .. even the oldest spinsters are forced to stay in their families' homes till they marry or die ..

    Our culture is more marriage oriented, be it tradition or religion .. people need to be married .. and even when divorce happens .. most likely; they will remarry ..

    I sure hope that we do not end up in a situation like that even though I am still single and not that young I might add ..

    I agree with the last paragraph of the article though .. that is a husband is not to bring joy and character in my life, why bother?

  2. Inshallah.. but I wonder if they thought the same thing in Japan 30 years ago. It'll be interesting to check the literature on the subject.