In DC Comics’ Batman issue #24, the Dark Knight gets down on one knee, diamond in hand, to propose to Catwoman. So why does the dark crusader want to marry and is marriage still a meaningful goal in our culture? Batman writer Tom King explains his reasoning on the new storyline.
“Everyone’s done vengeance, everyone’s done ‘The night is so dark. Giving Batman more pain doesn’t reveal anything about his character because he’s taken as much pain as he can. But giving him love and joy, that combines with the tragedy of his past into something new and never done before….Catwoman is someone who’s seen his pain and has been through stuff as bad as he has been through,” She says, ‘Look, both of us are broken, but we can be broken together.’ ”
I wonder if this is a reflection of the millennial generational swing that reflects a return in part, to conservativism, the new rebellion? Whatever the case, marriage is still a cultural value but in decline.
“The share of Americans who are married is at its lowest point since at least 1920. Half of Americans ages 18 and over were married in 2015, compared with 72% in 1960. One factor driving this change is that Americans – particularly men – are staying single longer. In 2012, 78% of 25-year-old men had never married compared with 67% of their female counterparts, and by 2016, the median age at first marriage had reached its highest point on record: 29.5 years for men and 27.4 years for women.”
Hopefully portrayals of marriage in popular entertainment culture gain traction because relational, economic and societal stability and health are foundational to the future of our country. Prolonged adolescence, increasing co-habitation, extended singlehood, childlessness, or reduced childbearing are trends that undermine prosperity, security and personal wellbeing.
Read more interesting and revealing stats on why people are getting married today: http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/13/5-facts-about-love-and-marriage/