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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Latin Americans have abandoned marriage

Sometimes people argue that Latin Americans are naturally conservative, so we should import more of them. But this is wrong, and they are not so conservative, as NPR reports:
Latin America is now the region that has the highest percentage of children born out of wedlock. In Colombia, 84 percent of all children are born to unmarried mothers. Argentina, Mexico, Chile and other countries throughout the region have similar numbers, with well over half of all children born outside wedlock.

In less than a generation in Argentina, the traditional definition of a family has given way to new interpretations. And it's happening at all economic levels — educated, middle-class women are now among the many choosing to have kids alone or in an informal union. ...

Fiorita says having a child was far more important than the ritual of getting married, which she sees as just paperwork. She says there are no perfect families anymore. ...Fiorita says having a child was far more important than the ritual of getting married, which she sees as just paperwork. She says there are no perfect families anymore. ...

"Things have changed so radically that now there is a huge diversity that is deemed acceptable and it is valued. You don't have to get married like before to have a place in society," she says.

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