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And secondly, that the best social arrangement is the traditional marriage (heterosexual only, of course) in which the wife is a dutiful subordinate; an unequal partner.Such self-described "pro-marriage" groups appear especially annoyed by such facts as these: Ironically, denial of and opposition to these realities actually undermine the overt goal of these organizations: stronger, positive marriages.

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Like it or not, our society is undergoing major shifts as you read these words.

Among them is increased questioning about marriage -- whether to enter one to begin with; stay in it regardless of what happens over time; or adopt alternatives to it.

It's a survey of people in unhappy marriages who either stayed or left.

It reports that people who left troubled marriages were not much happier five years later than people who stayed in their unhappy marriages. That people should stay in unhappy marriages, because things might get better...later on.

• Polls find that about 60% of those surveyed accept affairs; and about 30% actually admit to having had one.

• The marriage rate has dropped by 37% in the last four decades.

Of course, that's a pretty cynical view of men's motives. " The median age for first marriage for men is about 27; for women, about 25.

You could say with equal logic that women are prone to marry "prematurely." Yet the authors appear to believe not only that early marriage is good, per se; but also that men are the perpetrators of this alleged "delay." When you look at the actual reasons men give for not marrying, a different picture emerges.

So much for the notion that it's men who are "delaying" marriage.

"Happiness" and Divorce Another set of findings, this one from the Institute of American Values, conveys a similar ideology-driven slant.

Does anyone really think that you're better equipped for undertaking that in your early 20s?

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