FSW Notes - FSW Notes Same sex couples VT DC Iowa 1996...

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FSW Notes Same sex couples: VT, DC, Iowa 1996 Defensive of Marriage Act: DOMA- for federal purposes marriage is one man and one women; states can have own definitions; no state has to recognize a marriage by same sex couples married in another state Chapter 8 – Being “Single” What does it mean? o Unmarried, divorced, widowed Increasing numbers o In 1970 less than 28% of US adults were single o 2010: 44% Many divorced or widowed Growing proportion of never-married In 1970: 36% of women (age 20-24) never-married; 55% of men 2009: 79% of women; 87% of men o Racial/ethnic group of “Never Marrieds” 22% white adults 40% of black adults o Gender differences 23% of Asian women 31% of Asian men Why increasing numbers? o Economic factors Men: decline in earning potential o Technology Contraception o Sex ratio 1910: 106 men for every 100 women 2008: 97 men for every 100 women o Cultural Changes Singlehood viewed more as acceptable option Greater personal autonomy Non-marital sex more accepted Cohabitation more accepted Marriage not only way to gain adult status Marriage seen as less permanent -That marriages should involve romance and lead to personal happiness is a uniquely
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course FSW 261 taught by Professor Newlin during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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