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I’m not predicting a huge decline in the eventual marriage rate but I think it will decline a few more percent as the larger-than-ever singles 30-34 and 35-39 y/o cohorts likely won’t suddenly marry at higher rates than previous cohorts of the same age…but it’s the future so you never know.

The main point is that if women want to marry and have kids (as opposed to OOW) then they should do as you say in your points that end your post.

23Susan Walsh June 25, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Nigeria is 12! OMG

Clearly there’s a pattern where nations with gender equity have much later marriage. I’m sure those Nigerian girls aren’t eager to marry the moment they get their first period.

I’m quite surprised at the countries that have a higher age for women than the U.S. – Taiwan, Japan, Canada. Iceland and Sweden are over 32! Interestingly, aside from Saudi Arabia (14) and Yemen (11), most of the Middle East is quite high.

24Susan Walsh June 25, 2013 at 9:32 pm
I had a friend who taught in Mexico for several years. There are two classes: the super-rich and the poverty-stricken. It’s starting to happen here.

Yes, the wealth gap is increasing. As McCall pointed out, high earning, high achieving women are marrying high earning men. Those 2 high income marriages leave everyone else in the dust. In contrast, men with poor career prospects delay marriage and family because they know they cannot fill the provider role.

25CrisisEraDynamo June 25, 2013 at 9:36 pm
@ Bob Wallace

When a man is no longer allowed to be a patriarch/protector (I’m not talking about any of that “Alpha” nonsense) they’ll not get married and have kids.

All this talk about what to look for in a mate, etc. comes down to a few things: the continuation of the middle class and the middle class continuing to replace itself. It’s not happening here anymore.

You actually hit upon something important.