1. More religiously conservative Protestants? More divorce, study finds
Researchers discovered that higher divorce rates among conservative Protestants were tied to earlier marriages and childbearing – factors known to ramp up divorce. Starting families earlier tends to stop young adults from pursuing more education and depresses their wages, putting more strain on marriages, University of Texas at Austin professor Jennifer Glass said.
2. Coverage of Nonexistent Hookup Culture Makes Students Feel Left Out of Nonexistent Hookup Culture
By Jessica Grose
Fewer than 15 percent of college students hook up more than twice a year. Another truth: The hookup culture that does exist is largely a wealthy and white phenomenon.
3. Big Lessons that Transcend the Movie: There are Philamenas All around Us
During the mid-20th century and beyond, severe religious, social and familial stigmas against unwed motherhood were the norm far beyond Ireland. As a consequence, it’s almost certainly true that there are more Philomenas in the United States than in any other country — i.e., women who, given a choice, would have parented their children rather than suffering the anguish of losing them and wondering about them every day because they were placed into closed adoptions.
4. Divorces rise as economy recovers, study finds
Fewer couples split during the recession, but researchers say some may have been waiting until they could afford a costly legal step.
5. Queer Women in the Hookup Scene: Beyond the Closet?”
The hookup scene serves as an opportunity structure to explore same-sex attractions and, at least for some women, to later verify bisexual, lesbian, or queer sexual identities.
6. For a Better Family Life
A reader writes that government programs need to be seen as investments.
7. Wealthy Women Can Afford to Reject Marriage, but Poor Women Can’t
Higher-income “single ladies” often push back against “patriarchy.” But the statistics don’t lie: Low-income, unmarried women face significant economic challenges when they stay single.
8. You’d Think We’d Have Baby-Making All Figured Out, But No
by MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF
A surprisingly high number of women ages 18 to 40 are a bit clueless about the ins-and-outs of baby-making, Illuzzi and her colleagues report Monday in the journal Fertility & Sterility.
More than a third of women surveyed think that elevating the pelvis during sex or using specific positions boost the chances of conception. And just 10 percent of women know the optimal time to try each month to get pregnant.
9. Stricter Autism Criteria Unlikely To Reduce Services For Kids
Results from the government study published last week found that about 19 percent of 8-year-olds previously classified as having an ASD didn’t meet the updated criteria from the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5. The results suggest the government’s estimate that 1 in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder could be reduced to 1 in 100.
10. Coverage of Nonexistent Hookup Culture Makes Students Feel Left Out of Nonexistent Hookup Culture
By Jessica Grose
Fewer than 15 percent of college students hook up more than twice a year.
12. Highly Educated, Highly Indebted: The Lives of Today’s 27-Year-Olds, In Charts
A new study by the Department of Education offers up a statistical picture of young-adult life in the wake of the Great Recession.
14. N.Y. Judge Alarms Gay Parents by Finding Marriage Law Negates Need for Adoption
The judge said a law already established the parental rights, but same-sex spouses say adoption papers are needed to protect their rights elsewhere.
15. Why Is Latin America So Progressive on Gay Rights?
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Uruguay have moved more quickly on gay and trans rights than the United States and many nations in Western Europe. But it’s not just the left-leaning governments of Latin America that have endorsed these rights, and not all the region’s left-leaning governments have. So what explains the region’s support for gay rights?
16. Meeting the Cost of Conceiving
Debt can pile up quickly for couples trying in-vitro fertilization and other assisted reproductive technologies.
17. Addicted to I.V.F., or Addicted to Hope?
Who gets to decide when another round of IVF is too much?
18. The Business of Paid Family Leave
Extending the disability-insurance model to help defray the costs of care for children, elderly and sick family members could help employees, with minimal impact on business, an economist writes.
21. Age-Appropriate Chores for Children (and Why They’re Not Doing Them)
Of all the things I thought might be difficult about having children, I never realized it would be so much work to get them to do any work.
22. The Endless Interview Process
A variety of reports indicate that the job interview process is lengthier than it was four years ago, even as jobs remain vacant longer.
23. The Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind
It’s not so much that the mental faculties of older people are rapidly declining, it’s that their databases are fuller, a new study suggests.
24. The Realities of Class Begin To Sink In
The great middle-class myth fades.
25. Income Inequality in the U.S. Means Princes Don’t Go After Cinderellas
Americans have tended to marry someone whose economic status is about the same as theirs, and that has contributed to growing income inequality in the United States.