Elizabeth Gilbert: Marriage Benefit Imbalance
I am currently reading Elizabeth Gilbert's new book "Committed" which is a story about how she comes to terms with getting married for the 2nd time after she had vowed to never again get married when her first marriage ended in divorce.
Anyways, in the book she describes what sociologists call the "Marriage Benefit Imbalance" which basically says that marriage benefits men much more than it benefits women:
"Married men live longer than single men; married men accumulate more wealth than single men; married men excel at their careers above single men; married men are far less likely to die a violent death than single men; married men report themselves to be much happier than single men; and married men suffer less from alcoholism, drug addiction, and depression than do single men....
There doesn't seem to be anything, statistically speaking, that a man does not gain by getting married.
Dishearteningly, the reverse is not true. Modern married women do not fare better in life than their single counterparts. Married women in America do not live longer than single women; married women do not accumulate as much wealth as single women...; married women do not thrive on their careers to the extent single women do... less healthy... depression... violent death... statistically speaking, the most dangerous person in the average woman's life is her own man."
I thought this was interesting, although I don't know that I actually agree with it. Anyone else read this book?