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Are Celebrities Turning Single Motherhood Into a Trend?

First comes marriage? Not if you listen to statistics from the UK and US. More women, in fact, are having babies out of wedlock. Correction. It's not 1950: more women are having babies while single.

In the US, teens accounted for 50 percent of unwed mothers in 1970, but that rate is now down to 23 percent. So who are these eager moms? A lot of women in their 20s. And the UK reveals a similar trend: unmarried births are poised to become the majority in the next decade. Already, one-third of mothers are under 25.

Professor Gary Hoppenstand, editor of The Journal of Popular Culture, argues that one reason might be that celebrities are making it more and more acceptable to be pregnant in flip-flops. "Young people see their favorite actresses getting pregnant without serious commitment," he said, "and it's cool for them." Hmmm. Facile and insulting? Or not entirely false?

I don't actually know anyone who got unmarried-pregnant before 30, so help me out. Have celebrities made it more acceptable? Or, are we just so beyond unwed pregnancy being an issue for 20-somethings that the bump is moot?


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