Chapter 9- Alternatives to Marriage

Chapter 9- Alternatives to Marriage - Chapter 9 Nonmarital...

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Chapter 9 Nonmarital Living Arrangements: Living Alone, Cohabitation, Domestic Partnerships, and Other Options
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Society: Yesterday’s Attitudes 1950’/60’s not being married by college graduation was often a crisis for young women: “senior panic” Those who stayed single were considered deviant or regarded as if something was wrong with the: (neurotic or unattractive) Women were considered “Old Maids” or “Spinsters”
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Society: Today’s Attitudes Being single is seen as an option by both genders. Being single longer is seen as making a wise decision. Individuals who were previously married or widowed now choose to remain single or to cohabit, which accounts for the # of older singles.
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Today’s Attitudes Society now commercially targets the single population with specifically made products like single’s magazines, single’s club, and single serving food products Today more singles have children and it is considered acceptable, some don’t need a significant other (sperm donors) Today individuals leave home for other reasons – getting married is not the principle way of gaining adult status.
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