Marriage

The work-life balance of public women has always been fair game for criticism, and it's getting old.

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Shirley Temple Only Dated Her Husband for 12 Days

Research shows the longer you date, the happier your marriage. Unless you're Shirley Temple.

Shirley Temple dated her husband for two weeks and stayed with him for 55 years—but for most people, the longer you spend courting your spouse, the happier your marriage.

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"Granted, some might view this study with skepticism..."

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It's a Gallup poll that seems ripped from the deepest fantasies of conservatives: unmarried people are actually hurting the economy, and so more marriage might help the country's bottom line. 

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The hinge moment in Jewish-American concern for what is somewhat euphemistically called “Jewish continuity” came in 1990, when the Jewish Federations’ National Jewish Population Survey found that more than half of Americans born as Jews—52 percent—who had married had married non-Jews.

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As the eventual triumph of marriage equality in the United States came to seem more and more inevitable over the past several months and years, a new line emerged among some liberals: Okay, this argument went, we fought for it, we are winning, and we will win; but with all the states passing it, with the Supreme Court codifying it, and with public opinion moving

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The latest Obamacare story getting everybody’s attention is about the United Parcel Service. On Wednesday, Kaiser Health News and USA Today reported that UPS was making a change in its employee health plan—and that, as a result, 15,000 spouses of UPS employees would lose access to company insurance. One reason for the change, according to the company, is that UPS faces higher insurance costs from Obamacare.

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Earlier this summer, my colleague Isaac Chotiner wrote an impassioned plea for political watchers to stop paying so much attention to political wives. "In politics, everyone has an opinion on marriage, because it’s something we understand, or at least we understand it better than Obamacare’s application of medical loss ratios," he argued.

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In The Art of Sleeping Alone: Why One French Woman Gave Up Sex, the journalist and editor Sophie Fontanell ... well, the title says it all. The book has been somewhat of a sensation in Europe, and it has now been excerpted in The New York Times.

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Let Them Eat Kebabs

Why Asma Al Assad is the perfect dictator’s wife for the twenty-first century

Why Asma Al Assad is the perfect dictator’s wife for the 21st century.

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