Because men are falling behind in their pay while women are powering ahead, [Bolick] concludes, many women are opting out of the whole marriage thing altogether. Well, I’m here to tell you, this may very well be the case in New York and Los Angeles, the land of the alpha woman. But here’s a dispatch from America—the real world, the red states—where marriage is not so much an option as a goal that’s hammered into women’s heads since birth. It doesn’t matter how successful you are in your career—or how unsuccessful your man is. If you’re not married, you’re a loser.
J. Bryan Lowder nods.