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Marriage Is Over-Rated Anyway Kristen D Folsom

Marriage Is Over-Rated Anyway

Kristen D Folsom

Published June 6th 2014
ISBN : 9781495282775
Paperback
260 pages
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Psychologically challenged and still stunned by her ex-husbands decision to file for divorce, Denelle Brown tells the story of her best friend and college classmate, Nioka Wilson, who is 37, single and childless, and captivated by what popularMorePsychologically challenged and still stunned by her ex-husbands decision to file for divorce, Denelle Brown tells the story of her best friend and college classmate, Nioka Wilson, who is 37, single and childless, and captivated by what popular literature and media reports insist about black women-they are the least likely candidates for marriage, the most likely victims of divorce. Nioka endures a personal struggle with being single in her late-thirties. She is constantly harassed by an overzealous grandmother who pressures her to marry and have children, even suggesting that Nioka considers freezing her reproductive eggs. This struggle is reflected in Niokas academic pursuits as a sociology doctoral student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. In a research paper assigned by her professor, Nioka seeks to find cause and effect between education and marriage rates among black women, testing her hypothesis-that advanced degrees and high-ranking careers negatively impact marriage and divorce-by analyzing ill-acquired information on nearly 500 black women who represent her study subjects. The submission of her research paper is ultimately jeopardized- however, Niokas conclusion becomes a valuable resolve about her own status as a single, childless black woman, a resolve that she believes can be applied universally to all single black women pressured by family and society to marry.