Valentine’s Day: Coffee for Cupid

by Robert Stacy McCain | February 14, 2009 10:57 am

My latest column at Taki’s Magazine[1]:

[2]As Valentine’s Day 2009 arrives, the desperate real-estate salesmen of Glengarry Glen Ross[3] are an apt metaphor for the romantic plight of our age. Plenty of prospects out there — there are some 24 million women ages 18-29 in the United States — but guys can’t seem to close the deal: 65 percent of those women have never married[4]. The median age at first marriage[5] for women, which was 20 in 1960, is now at an all-time high of 25.3, and spinsterhood is an increasingly common fate. Thirteen percent of women 40-44 have never married, reflecting about a one-third rise since 1980 in the likelihood of being an old maid, a percentage that can be expected to increase given the current low marriage rates for young women. . . .

Please read the whole thing[6]!

(Cross-posted at The Other McCain[7].)

Endnotes:
  1. My latest column at Taki’s Magazine: http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/valentines_day_massacres/
  2. [Image]: http://www.artrenewal.org/articles/2001/Cupid_and_Psyche/cupidpsyche1.asp
  3. Glengarry Glen Ross: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0104348/synopsis
  4. 65 percent of those women have never married: http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/hh-fam/cps2007.html
  5. median age at first marriage: http://www.2010census.biz/population/socdemo/hh-fam/ms2.pdf
  6. read the whole thing: http://www.takimag.com/blogs/article/valentines_day_massacres/
  7. The Other McCain: http://rsmccain.blogspot.com/

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