Julia Shaw's Argumentative Essay

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Julia Shaw, writing here at Slate yesterday has an article reinvigorating the old conservative hobbyhorse that people should marry young. Shaw herself married relatively young, at age 23 to a 25-year-old husband. Since it’s working out pretty well for her, she figures it will work out for you. Oh, she knows that you’re going to object and point out that most young women haven’t met the right guy yet. She knows you'll say that selecting a lifelong mate is difficult to do before you’re all fully baked adults. But you have it all backward: You can marry first with the assurance that being married makes you ready for marriage. Sometimes people delay marriage because they are searching for the perfect soulmate. But that view has it backward. Your…show more content…
In the weeks before that, he routinely worked until midnight, plus weekends, for three different partners, none of whom seemed to be heading to the same firm. Would all this work be for nothing? Would the partners he worked for find new firms? Would he be able to come too? Would he find another legal job considering the anemic legal market? To support him through this difficult time, I would stay up late to welcome him home, no matter how late. I’d practice interviews with him. We inventoried the family budget: no more fancy coffee, dining out, Zipcars, or shopping—just student loans, rent, and food. When David had job offers with other law firms, he called me to…show more content…
When I was ready to talk myself out of applying to fellowships, he persuaded me to go for it. He was my practice audience for my first radio interview, television interview, and every major presentation. His good judgment makes it easy to share my burdens with him—and my good fortunes, too. Because your spouse knows the extent of your troubles, your successes become that much more meaningful. While I may not tell my close friends or my parents the details of a new opportunity, I don’t need to hold back with David. Being married young has afforded us unmatched companionship and support in any
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