Does Marriage Matter?
I know this is often a tired topic, but it’s one that’s been on my mind quite frequently lately, especially as I prepare for a number of upcoming weddings this summer (and the ridiculous costs often associated with being a guest at one of these events), and as I enter into the 7th year of a relationship, which undoubtedly means I get asked on at least a weekly basis whether or not I plan to take the plunge. (I do not, at least not anytime soon.)
The Girl with a Pen blog (http://girlwpen.com), one of my favourites, had an interesting post on the subject this morning and I’ve also been reading a number of books about the role of purity in contemporary society as of late (including Open, Unhooked, Female Chauvinist Pigs, and I’m awaiting a copy of Jessica Valenti’s latest: The Purity Myth.) Each of these seem to take a different approach to marriage, both within a feminist framework and outside of it (especially Laura Sessions-Stepp’s book Unhooked which can be remarkably anti-feminist at times.)
I don’t have a specific question or even topic of discussion, though it seems to me an open discussion on marriage (the good, bad, and the ugly) might be beneficial to this forum. Any thoughts?