The De-Institutionalization of Marriage: The Case of Sweden

By Allan C. Carlson, Ph.D.- President of The Howard Center for Family, Religion & Society in Rockford, Illinois.
February/ March  2006
The Swedish model of family policy sees the full equity feminist agenda as the answer to the fertility crisis spawned by modernity.  If European peoples want to survive in the 21st century, the argument goes, they should eliminate the full-time mother and homemaker, banish the family wage concept, end the married-couple home as an economic institution, welcome out-of-wedlock births and non-marital cohabitation, push all women—especially actual or potential mothers—into the labor force, enforce strict gender equality in all areas of life, engineer men into childcare-givers, and embrace expensive state child allowances, parental leave, and public day-care programs.  The result will be more babies.
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