Wow. Just read this article in the New York Times online - For Women Under 30, Most Births Occur Outside Marriage. Some statistics:
Percentage of births to married mothers (all ages) = 59%
Percentage of births to married mothers (white, under 30 years old) = 49%
Don't even ask for the minority statistics (73% of black children born out of wedlock). Some quotes from the article that kind of pissed me off...
Amber Strader, 27, was in an on-and-off relationship with a clerk at Sears a few years ago when she found herself pregnant.
She "found" herself pregnant? Here's a clue Amber, honey. When a guy sticks his dick in you and he's not using a condom and you're not on the pill, you can get pregnant. I probably learned that little factoid in middle school.
A former nursing student who now tends bar, Ms. Strader said her boyfriend was so dependent that she had to buy his cigarettes. Marrying him never entered her mind. “It was like living with another kid,” she said.
Amber, Amber, Amber. You're a fucking dolt. Wait, you were fucking a dolt. Whatever. Really? This is the guy you spread your legs for? Am I supposed to feel sorry for you? You can pay ten bucks a pack for cigarettes but skip the couple of dollars for an econo-size pack of condoms at Wal-Mart?
What I really want to know is the secret these guys have that allow them to get women to sleep with them and buy them cigarettes so they can hang around and play video games all day. Those are some admirable people skills. I guess momma never told Amber the story about free milk and the cow.
How about this gem?
One group still largely resists the trend: college graduates, who overwhelmingly marry before having children. That is turning family structure into a new class divide, with the economic and social rewards of marriage increasingly reserved for people with the most education.
College graduates don't have kids out of wedlock (even though they fuck like bunnies in college). Why whatever is their secret? Could it be they're smart enough to realize that babies are made by sex? This esoteric knowledge causes them to, I don't know, maybe use some fucking birth control?
Oh look, it's a class divide? Damn rich people forcing poor people to have all them babies out of wedlock. By the way, speaking as someone who got married on the cheap (I was still in graduate school), you really only need about 50 bucks to get married (that's less than the cost of the tramp stamp a lot of these women sport on their backsides). Oops, did I just say that?
Look, I'm not a prude or a moralist. However, the plain fact is that many mothers of children born outside of wedlock require public assistance. That isn't "government" money, the government has no money other than what it confiscates from people in the form of taxes. It's partly my money. What the hell gives people the right to make stupid decisions and then ask us to pay for them. In addition, as the article states,
...children born outside marriage face elevated risks of falling into poverty, failing in school or suffering emotional and behavioral problems.
More social costs from these piss-poor decisions. I won't "judge" you if you don't come to me, hat in hand, demanding my hard-earned money for your support.
That's my rant for the day.