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Marketing Matrimony

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I know $5 million isn't much money these days, but I have to believe HHS could find a better use for it than packaging marriage like processed cheese and selling it to young people. Gannett:

The average age at first marriage is now almost 26 for women and 28 for men. And a growing percentage of Americans aren't marrying at all: Provisional federal statistics released Tuesday report 7.1 marriages per 1,000 people in 2008, down from 10 per 1,000 in 1986.

Faced with such numbers, the federal government is funding a $5 million national media campaign that launches this month, extolling the virtues of marriage for those ages 18 to 30

"We're not telling people 'Get married' but 'Don't underestimate the benefits of marriage,' " says Paul Amato, a Pennsylvania State University sociologist and adviser to the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, which is spearheading the campaign.

I could spend a lot time of explaining that marriage promotion is an important wingnut movement-building strategy, and showing how the right uses pseudo-scientific arguments about marriage to attack sensible poverty reduction programs. But it's late, so I'll outsource all that to Public Eye.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

If marriage is so important, every should be allowed to get married. Where's HHS's advertising on that issue?

BTW, I have many friends who will attest to the fact that there are few hells greater than a bad marriage.

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Submitted by BDBlue on

Via Avedon, from RHRealityCheck. If you're going to promote a contraception method that ends in pregnancy, better get them married.

I'm so glad all these folks are still hanging around and making policy. Like these folks and the USAOs. Change, baby!

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Submitted by pie on

are they extolling? If you need someone to tell you what they are, then maybe you shouldn't get married until you figure it out for yourself.

What's the divorce rate in this country right now?

Of course, allotting five million dollars to this tells me this isn't a serious undertaking.

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Submitted by splashy9 on

Than it is for women. Single women are happier than married women - married men are happier than single men.

It seems to me they need to start classes for men on how to be better husbands and boyfriends, starting with teaching them not to abuse (physically and mentally) and kill women. That would go a long way toward women thinking better of marriage and being happier in marriage.

Change the culture that promotes misogyny and there will be more marriages. Of course, they don't think of that.