It might surprise you to learn that today, 48 percent of first-time mothers are unmarried. This figure is not about a rise in teen pregnancy, though. It's about a different demographic shift.
In the upcoming edition of The New York Times Sunday Magazine advice columnist Dan Savage has some words of wisdom for married couples, gay or straight. Savage, the sex-advice columnist best known for his "It Gets Better" project to help gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens deal with the cruelties of fellow high school students, says that married couples should not put so much stock in fidelity and monogamy, and should focus instead on honesty.
Kay Hymowitz, a fellow at the Manhattan Institute, contributing editor of City Journal and the author of Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys, talks about her new book.
Links to reports on studies cited in the interview:
"For Young Earners in Big City, a Gap in Women’s Favor" NYT, 8/3/2001
"Women's Salaries Back On Top For Younger Set" NPR, 9/1/2010