Now that we’re on the topic of marriages and not marriages, that led me to thinking more about the reasons for divorce. I’ve written on contraception before, but I didn’t really think about it in terms of divorce.
We know that hormonal contraception alters womens’ mate preference attraction. Some articles on how that works here in Time and Scientific American. The general conclusion is that women prefer more masculine features and/or personality in men when off of the pill. Hence, they’re more likely to marry more feminine looking men and/or with less masculine personalities when on the pill, and when they go off of it find them less attractive.
We know that about 50% of marriages implode, and about ~70% of divorces are initiated by women, which means about 35% of all marriages are imploded by women. Many of these which are due to unhaaaapyness and “I love you but I’m not in love with you.”
To connect the dots, it would be interesting to look up the how much of the actual female population was on oral hormonal contraception given that we know the average age of marriage is currently sitting at 27 for women and 29 for men.
CDC data on contraception use for 2006-2012.
A whopping 50% of the population 15-24 of women in the US are using oral hormonal contraception, and it only declines to about 33% in the age at which 50% of women get married.
The use of a hormonal method by nulliparous women, either the pill or another hormonal method, to delay a first pregnancy increased 20% between 1995 to 2006–2010, from slightly more than one-half of women with no births (52%) in 1995 to approximately 63% in 2006–2010.
Almost twice as many women who intend more children used other hormonal methods in 2006–2010 (11%) than in 1995 (6.0%). IUD usage increased by about the same amount among women who intend more children (from 0.6% to 5.5%) as among those who intend no more children (0.8% compared with 5.3%)
Among women who intended to have children, married or not, the rate of oral hormonal contraceptive use increased over the general female population use to 63% and up to 74% for other contraceptive use total.There’s like ~10 points on religious use and contraception, but here are two of the more important ones.
Baptist and Fundamentalist Protestant women used the pill to a lesser degree (21%) compared with Catholic (28%) or other Protestant (29%) women, or women with no religious affiliation (31%).
Catholic women (18%) and women with no religious affiliation (16%) more frequently rely on their partner’s use of condoms as their most effective contraceptive method compared with Baptist or Fundamentalist Protestant women (12%). Women for whom religion is not important (22%) rely on partner’s use of condoms more frequently than women for whom religion is very important (15%).
Lots of nominal Catholics given the Catholic Church forbids contraception. Also shows that the Church is almost no different from the secular on these points, much like other various Life Script(tm) of go to college, get a job, and so on before marriage. Again, not surprising the Church divorce rate is quite similar to the secular when you have marriages that mimic them.
Overall, I am extremely surprised that contraception is as ubiquitous as it is among 15-24 year old women (~50% of all women) and among those who are planning to have a child (~63% for hormonal, ~74% total). Given that 35% of all marriages are imploded by wives, I do not think it would be a stretch to say that contraception plays a significant role in the implosion of marriages due to its effects on wives’ attraction toward their husbands.