“I think there was more respect for marriage and family life during” the 1950s and early 1960s, Ellie, [42, a student on Manhattan’s East Side who used to work in publishing,] added. “I wish I could travel backward to a simpler time.”That "simpler time," for better or worse, is long gone and it's not coming back.
Indeed, for better or for worse, more Americans are putting off marriage or deciding to forgo it entirely: According to a September 2014 report by the Pew Research Center, the share of American adults who have never been married is at an all-time high.
In 1960, only one in 10 adults age 25 or older had never been married. Now it’s up to one in five.
Pew also found that people are marrying for the first time later in life now than in the early 1960s: In 2011, the median age for first marriage was almost 29 for men and 26.5 for women as compared to the early 20s for both sexes in 1960.
Is it possible that some of the wild enthusiasm for “Mad Men” among viewers stems from a yearning for the satisfaction and sexiness of traditional sex roles, including chivalry?
...Ultimately most women want equality with men, and value the increased legal protection from sexual harassment in the workplace of the type dramatized in “Mad Men.”
After hours, though, some of us long for men who can treat us not only as equals to be respected, but as women to be desired — and cherished.
Men are emasculated, leaving at least some women longing for the good old days.
Be careful what you wish for.