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Study Shows: Patriarchy Makes Women Happier

Why? Because if many social scientists are to be believed, you run a higher risk of having a rocky marriage. While everyone knows that marriage can be stressful, recent studies have found professional women are more likely to get divorced, more likely to cheat, less likely to have children, and, if they do have kids, they are more likely to be unhappy about it. A recent study in Social Forces, a research journal, found that women–even those with a “feminist” outlook–are happier when their husband is the primary breadwinner. ~Forbes

Patriarchy is having a good PR year.  First Foreign Policy talks about the return of patriarchy this spring (sorry, by the way, for never having come back to talk about this article as I had said I would), and now Forbes reports that marriage to a professional woman is–surprise, surprise–likely to have many more unhappy consequences (and having husbands as the primary earners tends to have some happier consequences).  Before you know it, Filmer will be required reading in every school and they’ll start founding colleges named Laud-Filmer across the United States instead of naming them after certain Whig heroes.  Too optimistic?

Update: At the bottom of the linked article, see also Forbes‘ “Nine Reasons To Steer Clear of Career Women” in pictures.

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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