In the March 2010 issue of the Atlantic magazine, there is a story, How a new jobless era will transform America, by Don Peck. He quotes W. Bradford Wilcox as claiming the following:
"Marriage plays an important role in civilizing men. They work harder, longer, more strategically. They spend less time in bars and more time in church, less with friends and more with kin. And they're happier and healthier." (It is in the section, "Men and family in a jobless age," on p. 3 if you are reading it online, or p. 53 in the print version.)
Of course, my first inclination was to critique this claim here. Then I thought better of it. In my totally unbiased opinion, many Living Single readers are very savvy and they already know what's wrong with this quote. Why not let them take a crack at it?
Here's what I love about the idea of letting readers take over. The person who made this claim, Brad Wilcox, is the Director of the National Marriage Project, has a Ph.D. from Princeton, has published in the media and in professional journals, and won awards. Don Peck, the author who printed this quote, put a period at the end, then went on to the next paragraph, is the deputy managing editor of the prestigious Atlantic magazine.