How the Pill turned men into slackers
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with statistics thanks in part to my god-awful college stats teacher (damn you Hal Voeple) but mostly because numbers can be skewed to prove whatever point you’re trying to make. But I enjoy a good t-test just as much as the next guy and I still succumb to the power of shock stats on occassion.
Slate has an interesting article up that explores the social/economic impact the Pill has had on marriage. It’s worth reading. Granted, I have an issue with the discipline of economics too (tries to be a hard science when really…it’s mostly an extension of social sciences) but that’s beside the point. The thesis is nothing new (That the Pill takes away some bargaining power from celibate gals and lets both sexes play around without rushing into marriage which could make men lazy and less likely to go to college since they can get laid without being good husband material…duh) but the tangents they go off on are actually pretty interesting. Take a look at this stat:
For every year by which a woman delays having her first child, her lifetime earnings rise by ten percent.
I think my generation and the next generation of women are going to be pretty amazing in terms of altering the socially acceptible patterns of parenthood and coupledom. Our mothers laid the foundation and now we’re testing the limits and finding what’s right for us.
And then when you add race and socioeconomic considerations into the mix…you’ve got yourself a wide range of PhD dissertation topics. I love it.
But I digress. Check out the article. Let me know what you think.
Sidenote: I saw a sign advertising a business called ‘Magnum Mini-Storage’ today. Doesn’t that seem a bit off? 🙂