Sex in the Modern Marriage
The attempt to stamp out sex difference has affected marriage, too. It’s no secret that marriage has evolved in radical ways over the past half century. Men and women meet romantic partners in different settings, value different traits in prospective spouses, and marry at significantly later ages than they did before the Sexual Revolution. And while marriage in the U.S. once featured relatively rigid gender roles, and especially before the twentieth century, gave husbands greater rights than wives, married couples today typically share responsibility for earning money, keeping up their home, and raising their children.