Kate Bolick in The Atlantic looks at the rapidly changing romantic battlefield between men and women:
Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options: increasingly, her choice is between deadbeats (whose numbers are rising) and playboys (whose power is growing). But this strange state of affairs also presents an opportunity: as the economy evolves, it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal.
Be warned this is a fairly long and interesting read. Best to send it to Instapaper or print it out and read it on the toilet.