Friday Morning Open Thread

January 24, 2014

What’s up?

Huffington Post published a fascinating article on why divorce rates are actually higher in conservative “red” states as opposed to liberal “blue” states.

It was previously thought that socio-economic hardships in the South were largely to blame for high divorce rates, however Glass and her fellow researchers concluded that the conservative religious culture is in fact a major contributing factor thanks to “the social institutions they create” that “decrease marital stability.”

Specifically, putting pressure on young people to marry sooner, frowning upon cohabitation before marriage, teaching abstinence only sex education and making access to resources like emergency contraception more difficult all result in earlier child bearing ages and less-solid marriages from the get go, Glass writes in the paper.

Interesting. Lately the topic of childrearing as a young parent versus older and more financially established parent has come up a lot lately in my circle. The Bay Area has gotten so astronomically expensive it isn’t uncommon for people to have their first child in their late 30s. But my understanding is this is not the norm in most parts of the country. What say you? What’s the typical age for marriage and children?

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?