Mark Regnerus’ “Cheap Sex and the Decline of Marriage”

Respond to Mark Regnerus’ Wall Street Journal essay “Cheap Sex and the Decline of Marriage” with an original argument that defends or challenges his proposal. Should humans feel obligated to marry at a certain age? Should they focus on the freedom afforded by independence? And what code of conduct—in the modern era—is expected between partners as individuals navigate these personal decisions? Additionally, essays should identify factors, from Regnerus’ or external research, that suggest why marriage is “in decline,” or alternatively, why marriage remains an important institution for people worldwide. Essays should include between 1 and 3 quotes from Regnerus. In short, establish your position in regards to marriage, love, sex, the gender roles within these subjects and defend or challenge marriage’s empirical value with convincing evidence and ample commentary. For each topic you examine, provide two cited concrete details (quotes or statistics) and develop commentary (2 or 3 sentences) that responds to and contextualizes those sources. Additionally, each paper should include at least two quotes from the following list of texts we discussed in class: Carver, Raymond. “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” The Story And Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters, Bedford/St. Martins, 2015, 227-237. Chopin, Kate. “The Story of an Hour.” The Story And Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters, Bedford/St. Martins, 2015, 288-289. Hemingway, Ernest. “Hills Like White Elephants.” The Story And Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters, Bedford/St. Martins, 2015, 589-593. Porter, William Sydney. “The Gift of the Magi.” The Story And Its Writer, edited by Ann Charters, Bedford/St. Martins, 2015, 1147-1151.