Stephanie Coontz

For Stephanie Coontz's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Commentary / World May 31, 2012

Setting the record straight on marriage

Late spring is upon us, and with it comes wedding season, the time of year that inspires a peculiar mix of sentimental stories about chance meetings leading to love alongside gloomy commentaries about the chances of marital happiness. Both the sentiment and the gloom ...

Commentary / World Aug 24, 2008

Families blossom under feminine mystique

OLYMPIA, Wash. — This year marks the 45th anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique." Today, many social conservatives still blame Friedan and feminism for inducing women to abandon the home for the workplace, thus destabilizing families and placing their children ...