the marriage penalty

In today’s Washington Post, there is an interesting article about the sociological impact of marriage. Contrary to modern thought, marriage tends to isolate a couple from the community leaving the couple less likely to be involved with community affairs. The article by Shankar Vedantam refers to a study by sociologists Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian.
According to the article, the honeymoon is a recent invention- only in existence since 19th century. Married people are less likely than single or divorced people to live with, visit, call or write to reletives. Hetrosexual men, apparently, are the worst offenders, relying on their wives to maintain contact with his own family. Personally, my aunts control social community of the dad’s side of my family, so my experience corresponds with the study.






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