Audie Cornish （Host）： It’s time now to talk about men.
Unidentified Woman： In today’s society， to be a man you have to get up every morning， go to the same job， provide for your family.
Unidentified Man #1： The biggest thing of being a man is to have her say you’re the best daddy. I mean， I can’t respect a man that don’t take care of his kids.
Unidentified Man #2： I’m married. I’ve got two daughters and four grandkids. And that’s what it means to be a man. 1）Uphold your vows， stay around， raise your kids， do the best you can.
Audie： We’ve been exploring notions of 2）masculinity and what it means to be a man in America these days. But today， we’ll talk about men’s roles and expectations at home.
Stephanie Coontz： If you are a man in America， there’s a very good chance you will be married at some time in your life. But there’s a much smaller chance than in the past that you will spend most of your adult life in marriage， make all of your decisions there and make all of your life-course transitions there. That’s the big difference.
Audie： That’s Stephanie Coontz， professor of family studies at Evergreen State College and author of a number of books， including “Marriage， a History.” Stephanie， thanks for joining us.
Stephanie： My pleasure.
Audie： So first， what is the chance that the average man will be married at some point in his life？
Stephanie： Well， most 3）demographers think that about 85% of men will marry at some point. That would be lower than the high point in all of American history in the 1950s， when 95% married.
Audie： And I understand there have been some shifts when it comes to class—right—and socio-economic status in terms of what men are getting married or not.
Stephanie： Well， that’s a very interesting change. Back in the 1950s and ’60s， there was very little difference between the marriage rates of collegeeducated men， high-income men and lower-income men. And then in the 1970s， there were rises in divorce for both. But since then， we’ve seen a huge 4）divergence. In general， all men are marrying at an older age than before. Today， college-educated men are much more likely to get married and much less likely to divorce than their less educated 5）counterparts.
Audie： Stephanie Coontz， once men get married， what are their expectations in terms of their own role and the role they believe a wife should play and compare that to say 50 years ago？