Marriage is Becoming Obsolete…Or Is It? (via EmBodyPolitic)

26 Nov

Marriage is Becoming Obsolete...Or Is It? The media coverage over the last week would have one think that Americans are racing to trade in the clang of wedding bells for the sweet sound of independence… or at least cohabitation (“shacking-up”). A Pew Research study released Thursday documented the continued decline of traditional marriage and a rise in cohabitation and remaining single. The study also found that when asked ,“Some people say that the present institution of marriage is bec … Read More
via EmBodyPolitic

Very interesting article… While we should all remember that polls and statistics are generalized by many factors, the question still remains – Is marriage becoming obsolete? Keep in mind that according to this research study 4 in 10 Americans think it is – while the other 6 don’t. Check out my comments and leave yours too! I would love to hear your thoughts…

the Mrs. | November 26, 2010 at 12:07 PM | Reply

I agree wholeheartedly that marriage is EVOLVING. Throughout history the institution of marriage has changed to represent it’s respective societal ideologies.

The purpose of marriage continues to be refined according to our lifestyles and geographic locations. In North America, since the early 1900′s marriage has steadfastly been rooted in love, and with such an elusive ideal placed on the institution it is no wonder that marriage has crumbled under such weight.

Originally marriage presented a contract that secured financial, political and social status for families; now – through glamorized media it offers a promise of finding your soul mate and happily-ever-after.

Unfortunately, we all have multiple soul mates, and love ebbs and fades seasonally so marriage has begun to ride the same waves of popularity contests. Although marriage is no longer at the forefront of North American bucketlists, there will be a season again where the institution will offer and represent something elusive, treasured, and rare.

Right now we are focused on including everyone’s rights to get married – gays, lesbians, anyone interested will be able to practice. This is a historical precedent that will further change the institution of marriage as we now know it.

I believe that these changes are incredibly fascinating and focus on our changing society’s beliefs. Marriage will never be obsolete – the institution will always continue to evolve, but the practice of sharing our lives together will always stand resolute and remain an integral part of our lives…

Discussion anyone?

the Mrs.


4 Responses to “Marriage is Becoming Obsolete…Or Is It? (via EmBodyPolitic)”

  1. Boy Mom Blogger October 31, 2011 at 11:38 AM #

    I like this blog – and I think you summed it up well. Marriage is ‘evolving’ …I will have been married for 10 years next year and I have two children. What works for us is always going back to the foundation – which is our Christian beliefs and knowing that God put us together for a purpose. But, it gets HARD especially once chidren and this economy get in the mix. What do you think about marriages having an expiration date?? I wrote and delivered a satirical speech on that – check it out …

    • the Mrs. December 11, 2011 at 5:12 PM #

      I loved your video – great presentation :) You know the idea of a “contract” with an expiration date in marriage is a great one actually! I think most marriages begin with personal expectations anyways which are in essence “terms of contract”. But unfortunately sometimes either we don’t fully understand our boundaries prior to marrying or we fail to communicate them with each other making marriage difficult when these unspoken breaches surface.

      Even today prenups remain a taboo topic in many marriages. But I’m definitely in favour of marriage contracts with regular renewals as life changes so often! Independence and communication are crucial in marriage so why not write them up? :)

      Cheers and thanks for stirring my thoughts!

  2. Melanie November 27, 2010 at 6:18 AM #

    Very intresting and very well said my friend. I think as a young women I have witness ALOT of marriage fail just in the past year or two (friends, family, co-workers and clients of mine) I do Have to agree with you on the popularity contest.. Young women also wanting to get married just beacause of the day, the glamour and being all about me, me , me , me.

    My partner would have to agree on this as well… and maybe a big part of why we havent gotten married yet after 4 years of beeing togeather. I know a day will come, and I know we will get married but it is sure a good feeling that we are both not rushing and in the end when we do, will know it was for the right reasons.


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