Two things I like with one I do not. I am fascinated by socio-biology which I think bears out a lot of conservatism, and rational choice theory which often explains unintended consequences of govern. The Pill may end up destroying the West, so its not my favorite.
The whole post by Slate on the Pill boils down to "Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free." That is a saying mother's used to use but which now I guess is "Give the milk for free and stay out of the barn", or some such.
This fellow is not William Saletan who is my favorite in this sphere but he does analyze a problem that has no easy solution. While certain religiously motivated people still are influenced by older views of courtship and marriage, the intervention of technology means that the culture and natural outcomes of life no longer support it.
It is why the nature of marriage has changed and its why our laws regarding marriage are in such flux. If the natural result of marriage and sex is not children chaos in family relations ensues. We are living in that chaos.
One thing this does not adress is that, in fact, surveys reveal that unmarried people do not get as much sex as the married. So there is a first order error in the analysis that should be adressed. Moreover, if one is at the top of the marriagability market for men-say Tom Brady-you can pretty much sleep with a different woman every night. The analysis also omits how hard this is on your memory and calendering. However, one thing that monogamous marriage and the culture that supports it does is provide more opportunities for the less marriagable to marry and have long time relationships and children. The debates over polygamy in the 19th century lead to the conclusion that one man, one vote and one man, one wife were inextricably linked. The Arab and African worlds bear this out. To the extent the analysis in this article is correct we have developed a technology that may lead to fewer and fewer people in the West living, longer and longer lonely lives. The brunt of it falling on those least able to compete. Oh Brave New World indeed.