Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

We Marry because of Love

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Marriage is a public celebration that is announced to the public, two people, in love, that are prepared to become one. One name, one, home, one family, one love, and yet Emma Goldman writes about how “Marriage and love have nothing in common.” In the book Women’s Voices, Goldman rights the reading, Marriage and Love on page 372. She portrays marriage as a miserable thing, how women are forced to give up everything they cherish, such as a last name and her self-respect. I am critical here only because why would any woman lose her dignity from a beautiful ceremony of love and harmony. Plus, the reason we get married is because, the love for each other is deep enough to satisfy in every way, by only one person. One other thing I think is important to mention is her comment towards the end of the article saying, “The Institution of marriage makes a parasite of woman, an absolute dependent,” and I believe this statement is completely ridiculous. Where is the rule book that says women have to depend on a man to survive? Women can choose to depend on the one person that they feel can protect and keep them safe, or they can go to college and have a carrier and be able to support herself with or without him. I believe the most joyful marriage can happen when it is based off friendship, smothered in love, and each person is independent, but have chosen to be happy together.

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