DEBAUCHERY AND DIVORCE….This is interesting. Last month I read I Am Charlotte Simmons, Tom Wolfe’s terrifying warning about the wanton attitudes toward sex that are apparently rampant among today’s university coeds. It’s quite the breakdown of civilization he describes.

And yet, there’s this. Divorce rates are declining, and guess who’s responsible?

Researchers say that the small drop in the overall divorce rate is caused by a steep decline in the rate among college graduates.

….Since 1980…women without undergraduate degrees have remained at about the same rate, their risk of divorce or separation within the first 10 years of marriage hovering at around 35 percent. But for college graduates, the divorce rate in the first 10 years of marriage has plummeted to just over 16 percent of those married between 1990 and 1994 from 27 percent of those married between 1975 and 1979.

Whatever Charlotte and her friends are actually up to, apparently it’s doing them some good. Our new pope should be happy to hear this.

POSTSCRIPT: On an entirely different topic, Amazon informs us that Wolfe’s latest opus is written at about an eighth grade level. It’s fascinating the stuff Amazon tells us these days, isn’t it?

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