Here are a few things from around the web that may interest you:
“Sometimes I Say I’m Married, Sometimes I Pretend I’m Not” [via The XX Factor]
“What If We Admitted to Children That Sex Is Primarily About Pleasure?” [via Pacific Standard]
In the 21st century, most Americans marry for love. We choose partners who we hope will be our soulmates for life. When children come along, we believe that we can press pause on the soulmate narrative, because parenthood has become our new priority and religion. We raise our children as best we can, and we know that we have succeeded if they leave us, going out into the world to find partners and have children of their own. Once our gods have left us, we try to pick up the pieces of our long neglected marriages and find new purpose. Is it surprising that divorce rates are rising fastest for new empty nesters? Perhaps it is time that we gave the parenthood religion a second thought. “How American parenting is killing the American marriage” [via Quartz]
This reminds me of so many letters I get for advice: I’m sorry to say this, but the fact is that you’re just not the man I blindly hoped you would somehow transform into when we got married. “I’m Sorry, But You’re Just Not The Man I Hoped You Would Become When We Got Married” [via The Onion]
And on a much more serious note: “How the Law Turns Battered Women Into Criminals” [via Buzzfeed] The reader who recommended it says: It’s a really hard thing to read, but I also think people should know more about it.
Also, Lena Dunham’s book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned”, was published this week. Are you planning to read it?
Plus: 27 October reads that might interest you [via PopSugar Love]
Thank you to those who submitted links for me to include. If you see something around the web you think DW readers would appreciate, please send me a link to firstname.lastname@example.org and, if it’s a fit, I’ll include it in Friday’s round-up. Thanks!