What is Marriage For?
Beacon, 1999 - 303 pagina's
John Stuart Mill called marriage the first political institution most of us enter as adults. In a book that is always witty, often startling, and deadly serious, E. J. Graff traces the history of this institution, from a feminist perspective, illuminating the many forms it has taken, arguing forcefully for the legalization of same-sex marriage, and shedding new light on such ongoing battles as equality between wives and husbands and the contentious definition of "family."
Each chapter--Money, Sex, Babies, Kin, Order, and Heart--examines a crucial aspect of this personal and political bond, sifting through the ways Old Testament Hebrews, Catholic theologians, Protestant reformers, nineteenth-century utopians, and people in our day define marriage. Graff reveals that marriage is something surprising and strange--and, right-wing moralizing notwithstanding, not very traditional at all. For instance, marriage wasn't declared a sacrament in the Catholic Church until 1215. Among Roman aristocrats, wedding pledges were exchanged by the groom and his father-in-law. And the "crime against nature" once meant contraception.
This passionate and often personal search for the meaning of marriage argues that marriage has always been a social battleground, shifting constantly to suit each economy, each era and each class.
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WHAT IS MARRIAGE FOR?Gebruikersrecensie - Kirkus
Why wed? As a financial investment? To have sex? To reproduce the species? To link two families together? This highly informative and enjoyable romp through the history of marriage in Western Europe ... Volledige review lezen
LibraryThing ReviewGebruikersrecensie - PhoenixTerran - LibraryThing
The social history of marriage has indeed been strange, and it is incredibly interesting as well. E. J. Graff explores the purpose of and the reasons for marriage in Europe and North America from the ... Volledige review lezen
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