Cohen : Women's increasing independence means less romantic opportunity for men
In an article on changing preferences of men and women in the marriage market, Daily Beast reporter Jessica Bennett notes that men have shifted significantly in their attitude toward love and marriage - in the direction of desiring more commitment. "[T]the percentage of men saying 'yes' to imperfect commitment was actually highest among men in their 20s, almost 40 percent of whom said they'd commit without love (compared with 22 percent of women)."
For their part, women are increasingly the breadwinners in their households, and increasing independence has led some to forego marriage altogether, she writes. "Where does this leave men? Well, as women’s independence has increased, it seems, romantic opportunity for men has suffered the opposite fate."
"And that problem is bound to be worse for poorer men," commented Faculty Associate Philip Cohen. "I don’t think there’s any way to avoid that."