Modern women face a stark choice: either give up their careers early to have loving families or die alone and be eaten by their pets. Women cannot have it all, according to many, including a fascinating and popular article written for The Atlantic by Ann-Marie Slaughter last year. Women must find a husband in college, The Wall Street Journal's James Taranto argued this week, "to take advantage of the simultaneity of their own peak nubility and their presence among an abundance of suitable mates such as they are all but certain never to encounter again." The alleged "hook-up culture" has only made it more difficult for women to interest men in commitment, since they can get so much sex for free. But we feel we must point out that this modern condition is not modern at all. Women have faced these dire circumstances since at least 1939.
"This is partly due to their feeling of independence gained from knowing that they are capable of earning their own living. Part can also be attributed to the changed living conditions occurring when both husband and wife are gone from the home all day."
Side note: I must address another issue Taranto raised. If women picked their husbands earlier, Taranto says, "high-status men would face greater pressure to commit and a smaller pool of playmates in college and prospective wives later on. If that is sexist, then Mother Nature is sexist." I have seen other men make the case that Mother Nature is sexist, particularly Army infantrymen commenting on Facebook about how they don't want ladies in combat. But I have to ask, if Mother Nature is sexist, how do you explain testicles? The existence of such a vulnerable piece of anatomy — the warrior sex can be instantly incapacitated by a mere "nut tap" — makes it impossible not to wonder if maybe Mother Nature is sexist against men, or at least, if our faith in an intelligent designer is misplaced. I eagerly anticipate reading some concerned magazine articles on this topic.