Monday, September 17, 2007

The Old Maids of the Great War



World War I killed a generation of young men, leaving a generation of young women without spouses. (Via LRC)

World War I deprived Britain of three-quarters-of-a-million soldiers, leaving as many more incapacitated.

In 1919 a generation of women who unquestioningly believed marriage to be their birthright discovered there were simply not enough men to go around.

The make-up of British society had changed irrevocably....

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8 comments:

alaughland said...

Most likely the same thing could be true in the aftermath of WWII

Paula said...

Elena, I am divorced and as you know I live in Germany...believe me there is no shortage of men to meet but there is a shortage of men who want actually to get married. Many want only a "relationship" for an indefinite number of years...because they are not "ready" (and they will never be "ready") to get married. The divorce rates are soaring...Here one must be prepared to live as single for the rest of his or her life. Extreme secularism as everybody knows does not encourage families...

elena maria vidal said...

Paula, you echoed my thought exactly. There are many good people who are having so much trouble finding a spouse because of the secularism.

Paula said...

I linked your post to an entry of mine.:-). Thank you for this article, Elena.

elena maria vidal said...

You are welcome, Paula! Thank you!

Marissa said...

+JMJ+

Reading that article almost made me cry. I was thinking of my students, who make up half the graduating class, and imagining how they would react if they were told that only one in ten of them would ever marry. :(

cordelia said...

could not the drop waist dresses also contributed to the unattractiveness of some women ;). just had to lighten the mood...can't imagine the heartache these women faced, and Paula i will pray for you today.

Paula said...

Cordelia thank you. After my conversion I found that God is pouring generously His grace on those willing to carry the singlehood with dignity. As I said on my blog, the only viable solution is accepting the cross of singlehood, living chastely and seeking God´s will.