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A new American study shows that in the year of the next wave of divorce in the United States, women are more likely to fight for relationships if they are not married to their partners.
Michael J. Rosenfeld, a professor of sociology at Stanford University, recruited 2,000 heterosexual couples for his lengthy study, "How People Meet and Why Stay Together," for whom he developed detailed questionnaires about their relationships. Participants answered questions in 2009, then in 2010, 2011, 2013 and finally in 2015. As soon as information about the breakup appeared in the answers, the researcher asked the wards additional questions. As a result, he found out that 69% of divorces were initiated by women (and 31%, respectively, by men), but at the same time the strong and the weaker sex were ready to refuse from a civil marriage in almost equal proportions. From this Michael Rosenfeld concludes that the attraction of modern women to marriage is greatly exaggerated. But the weaker sex, in principle, is ready to invest in maintaining unregistered relations.
The theory of gender relations has historically been based on the idea that women are more interested in marriage, while men tend to have sexual relations without obligation. But now, when the divorce rate in families that developed in the nineties reached 30% (which is not significantly less than the peak period of divorce in the United States in the late seventies), the researcher has real numbers proving that the attitude of modern people towards marriage has changed.
“Marriage as an institution is already a thing of the past,” says Rosenfeld, “because in an era of gender equality, the expectations of men and women from“traditional”marriage seem ridiculously high. Attitudes toward both marriage and divorce have evolved. At the moment, unregistered relationships seem to be more flexible, adaptive, in line with the modern understanding of romantic relationships."