Despite the perpetual efforts to eradicate it, classism still remains a contentious issue in the United States of America (USA). Hence, it is important to acknowledge that age, religion and equality still play a role in intimate relationships. Many people always choose their partners based on their religion. This is because religious groups such as Islam do not tolerate interreligious marriages. At the same time, age is a factor in determining the choice and success of intimate relationships. Most successful relationships occur between the people in the similar age bracket. However, things are now changing because people are embracing unity amongst all the diverse groups.
Just like any other society, the majority of the adults in the US are in intimate relationships. These include marital, engagement and love affairs. However, the truth is that most of them are married. As Robe and Jeanette (2011) examine, they live together as a husband and wife and use this opportunity to ‘share love, create wealth and procreate’ (p 114). However, there is a changing trend amongst the adult population. Many couples are prematurely terminating their marriages through divorce and separation. This has led to the increase in the number of the divorced and separated adults.
Traditionally, children have played a major role in cementing families. Since many people get married to procreate, the failure to get children usually destabilizes some families. As a result of the high expectations, many marriages have crumbed because of lack of children. This explains why there are many cases of single parenthood in the country. Meanwhile, many couples jeopardize their marriages due to conflicting individual exceptions which can not be met in a marriage. They find it hard to adjust to their new marital status. For instance, some ladies are focused on career and financial prosperity, an idea which may be rebuked by their male counterparts.
Works CitedRobe, Lauer and Jeanette, Lauer. Marriage & Family: The Quest For Intimacy. Eighth Edition. McGraw-Hill Humanities, 2011. Print.