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July 16, 2018

Recent family-related news included a photographic study celebrating the fact that families come in all shapes and sizes, recognition of the lack of positive media representation of people of color in love, the rise of the use of prenups among millennials, a look at the connection between extravagant weddings and the incidence of divorce, and a personal look at how one adult’s parenting style has been influenced by his own parents’ actions and divorce.

She Wanted You to See a Family, Not Just a Pregnant Man Jackie Molloy, The New York Times, June 22, 2018 Molloy followed Tanner and David for a year and a half, during which time she took some 20,000 pictures. Molloy remarked: “Above all, I didn’t want this story to just be about the fact that Tanner was pregnant. I wanted audiences to see a family. I wanted to show that David, Tanner and Paetyn’s story possessed as many similarities to other families’ stories as it did differences.”

Brown, Black, Queer and Invisible Jamal Jordan, The New York Times, June 27, 2018 Why do no gay people look like me? Jamal Jordan, a black digital editor at The Times, lamented growing up. So as an adult, he decided to give a gift to his younger self: the imagery of queer love.

The Rise of the Millennial Prenup Susan Shain, The New York Times, July 6, 2018 Prenuptial agreements, commonly known as prenups, are legal documents that outline how engaged couples will divide their assets if they divorce. And, in recent years, more millennials have been requesting them, according to a survey of matrimonial lawyers.

Couples Who Have Expensive Weddings Are More Likely to Get Divorced Harper’s Bazaar, July 9, 2018 Couples who spend liberally on their weddings are more likely to get divorced than those who stick to a tight budget, a new study has concluded. The survey — which was undertaken by economics professors, Andrew Francis-Tan and Hugo M. Mialon — looked at the weddings and marriages of over 3,000 people in the United States.

My Dad Lived a Lie. I’m Determined My Kids Won’t Have to Do the Same Jared Bilski, The Washington Post, July 12, 2018 At the time of my parents’ divorce, my anger wouldn’t allow me to have any compassion for my dad. Whenever I tried to see things from his perspective, all I saw was my mom after she read the emails, crumpled against my dad’s closet door, slugging the bottle of champagne she’d been saving for when they got back together. How could he do that to her? How could he do that to us?

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