Analysis Of Kate Lunau's Article: How Marriage Can Save Your Life

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Marriage rates have been falling steadily since the 1960s, while the rate of common law couples has increased dramatically. (Lunau, 2014) The idea of the modern day family is changing and many are asking if marriage is even worth it anymore. The her article, How marriage can save your life, author Kate Lunau explores the correlation between marriage and the effect one the couples health, while the author successfully relates marriage to it’s health benefits, she fails to show that co-habituation could have the same results, as well as that policies should be adopted to encourage marriage to gain theses health benefits.
In the article the authors describe the health benefits associate with marriage and uses this as a reason may couple should
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This example speaks both to the relevancy of this topic as well as the effect marriage forward policies can have. The income-splitting policy has been a source of much contention in the news, as it seems to benefit only people of higher incomes. The policy itself is meant to make financial matters fairer for those living in a partnership with one breadwinner as they pay higher taxes than those who make the same income on two separate salaries. This system actually puts the two-income family is a worst spot financially due to the childcare and commuting cost associated with a two-income family as well as ignoring single parent households. (McQuaig, 2014) Using this income-splitting policy as an example of a family-friendly initiative is problematic in itself as it promotes the idea of the nuclear family where the mother stays home and raises the children and the father is the main breadwinner, which has become almost irrelevant in todays society. (Whitehead, 2014, Forming Intimate Relationships) The article largely ignores the fact that 74% of families are dual-income earners, which goes against this idea that Canada is even creating policies that encourages marriage. (Whitehead, 2014, Household Work and Money: Earning and Caring) Overall, the use of the income splitting tax as an example as an example of family-friendly policy is ultimately detrimental to the author’s

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