As I was discussing the content of the last post with her, Mrs. Φ asked a question to which I didn't have a very good answer. She pointed out that we have three potentially contradictory sociological generalizations:
The number (indeed, the mere existence) of prior sexual partners strongly predicts marital failure;
Successful marriage has lately become the preserve of the upper classes; and yet
To the extent that Paul and Emma, or I am Charlotte Simmons, are representative, our future upper classes spend their college years whoring around.
It seems likely that at least one of these generalizations can't be as true as we think. Thoughts?