The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 August 2006

We few, we plumbers

Actually, I'm not a plumber, but I felt like one when I read this bit by Lori Leibovich in Salon.

In the fourth article in its fascinating series "The New Gender Divide," the New York Times looks at why marriage rates among men without higher education are declining at a significant clip.

The reasons for the decline vary and include greater economic independence for women, and the increase in the number of couples who live together without getting married. The Times interviewed men who are afraid to commit, men who fear divorce, and one 41-year-old who says he'd love to have a family but he just hasn't met the right woman.

But the single most significant reason these men remain unattached is "because the pool of women in their social circles — those without college degrees — has shrunk," according to the Times. "And the dwindling pool of women in this category often look for a mate with more education and hence better financial prospects." As Shenia Rudolph, 42, from the Bronx said succinctly, "Men don't marry because women like myself don't need to rely on them."

I don't know about the rest of you guys, but I'd rather be rejected because I'm dumb as a post than because I never bothered to compose a thesis.

(Crossposted to OkCupid.)

Posted at 6:16 AM to Table for One


Any woman who decides she wants to marry a man because he's written a thesis, desperately needs to read the thesis!

Having a Ph.D. and being dumb as a post are not mutually exclusive. In fact...

Posted by: McGehee at 7:27 AM on 9 August 2006

I don't care if a man is college educated, but he does have to be able to carry on a conversation that isn't composed of grunts and pointing.
Is that too much to ask, fellas?? ;)

Posted by: aka_monty at 12:24 AM on 10 August 2006

<grunt>

Posted by: McGehee at 9:52 AM on 10 August 2006