Terry Brennan emailed me this article from the Bermuda Royal Gazette:
Just recently it has been reported that marriages are in decline, along with birthrates in Bermuda, thus matching trends around the world. We researched as to why this is happening?
Many women cannot find “Mr Right”, even though they are looking hard to find him. Are men wilfully abandoning marriages? Why is this happening?
According to Helen Smith, author of Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriages, Fatherhood and the American Dream, “ultimately, men know there’s a good chance they’ll lose their friends, their respect, their space, their sex life, their money, their family — if it all goes wrong”.
Dr Smith added: “They don’t want to enter into a legal contract with someone who could effectively take half their savings, pension and property, when the honeymoon period is over.
“Men aren’t wimping out by staying unmarried or being commitment-phobes. They are being smart.”
It’s not just men in America who are catching on to the legal and psychological restraints of marriage; men in other countries like Bermuda are learning that the stakes are too high these days to take the risk.