Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Marriage in all forms

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Marriage in the society we live in today is just like any other concept in the world. People believe there is a right way of doing things and if that way is not done, then you don’t fit in. We watched 3 videos in class that caught my attention and spiked a lot of questions with their marriage lifestyle. How do they chose who has the next child? How do they chose which should be the father? How do they sleep?

I was brought up and raised in a monogamy family setting and that’s what I am marrying into, but that doesn’t mean that is the only way. The video about polyandry showed a woman in a small village with many husbands. That made her life easier because they kept food on their table. Another video showed polygyny, which is a husband with many wives. I, personally, would feel awkward sharing my husband, but they didn’t look at it like with that perspective. The work load would be split between them, they could help each other, and take care of the husband better. They looked at it like God would chose who they marry, no matter the amount of wives he already had. The last video showed a polygamy family, which means both partners are open to other people. The group relationship is said to fix the “problem” with a monogamy relationship. Divorce rates are at an all time high due from cheating and things in that nature, so these individuals believe if you can have a group of people, you will be happier.

No one should be judged on what type of marriage they choose to have. Although in some areas you can only technically marry one individual, you may still have others on the side. Everyone is different with their own wants. Marriage is sacred and should be full of joy and happiness. How you want to achieve that happiness is completely up to you!

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