The New “I Do”: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists, and Rebels

Review by Brittany Brolley The aptly titled book, The New “I Do”: Reshaping Marriage for Skeptics, Realists, and Rebels by Susan Pease Gadoua and Vicki Larson, challenges our preconceived notions about marriage. While The New “I Do” is geared toward those currently contemplating marriage, those who have already said their vows will still find it […]

The Baby Matrix and The Pronatalist Marriage Assumption

With the Supreme Court taking on same-sex marriage (or will they-we shall see), marriage traditionalists have been out there touting the old notion that the purpose of marriage is ultimately about procreation.  Old, indeed.  And just no longer true.  Even marriage traditionalists know this is no longer the case.  How did it happen?  I talk […]

The Everything Guide to a Happy Marriage

By now we all know that 50% of first marriages end in divorce. From there it just gets worse; the failure rate for second marriages is a startling 65%. Stephen Martin, president of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, and Emmy Award-winning journalist Victoria Costello have put together a thorough and thoughtful guide […]

Why Marriage Matters: America, Equality, and Gay People’s Right to Marry

Evan Wolfson, Director of Freedom to Marry, declares the fight for gay marriage “one of the first important civil rights campaigns of the 21st century.” A noted attorney who has litigated in areas such as racial discrimination and rights for battered women, Wolfson locates the fight for gay marriage within a long protest tradition in […]

Importance of Career, Marriage and Parenthood: New Pew Research Center Report

Pew Research Center has a new report out on men and women, and the importance they put on key aspects of their lives.  Respondents were asked questions related to their careers, marriage and parenthood.  There are interesting numbers, especially when it comes to differences in women and men when it comes to the importance of […]

Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

Stephanie Coontz, a left-leaning academic and veteran of Berkeley’s Free Speech Movement, would seem an unlikely defender of the institution of marriage. Marriage, A History sees a largely positive direction in the evolution of marriage. “Marriage has become more joyful, more loving, and more satisfying for many couples than ever before,” she writes.

The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work

Based on case studies and extensive research at author John Gottman’s own Institute, this book moves beyond common-sense platitudes about marriage to an approach based on solid scientific principles. Gottman is one of the best marriage experts out there. He is a Doctor of Psychiatry who has received four Research Scientist Awards from the National Institute […]