Part of the series ‘Communism → second-wave feminism → social re-engineering’
Index and preamble for series
The divorce revolution ends the reign of the family
The divorce revolution – for all practical ends and purposes – put an end to traditional marriage vows that once meant much and were taken seriously:
“I, [name of groom], take thee, [name of bride], to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till in death we part, and with this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee honor, and pledge my faithfulness.”
“I, [name of bride], take thee, [name of groom], to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till in death we part, and with this ring I thee wed, and with my body I thee honor, and pledge my faithfulness.”
Regardless of which of many creative variations the exchanges of those vows now employ, and even if they are older, traditional ones, for most they have primarily nostalgic but no practical value. For some, those who marry themselves or their dogs, they have only nostalgic value, while for most onlookers they have become a joke.
Yes, we have come a long way in three generations. Marriage is no longer legally and morally binding for life, thanks to the divorce revolution pushed by people such as Betty Friedan, the other members of NOW, and by their collaborators.
Here are examples of the many aspects of the reality of that:
The marriage and divorce trends are not driven by the desires of the grass roots. They are man-made, more correctly made by feminism and driven by the influence of the feminist ideology and feminists in all sectors and institutions of society.
The resulting marriage and divorce trends and their harmful consequences are not peculiar to just the U.S. or any other or just some of the developed nations. They are endemic in all of civilization, as much as the declining birth rates and total fertility rates are becoming increasingly more pervasive in all nations of the world.
In Germany, 1977 was the Year of Divorce Reform, celebrated as the marriage law reform of the century. The divorce reforms made divorce more punitive and somewhat more difficult, more expensive, to obtain. It could be said that if marriage is the prerequisite for divorce, then it can also be said that the taxing of divorce is the consequence of the latter. More…
Still, although the German divorce reforms had an immediate impact and caused a substantial decline in divorces in Germany, German divorce trends soon recovered. By 1985, just eight years after the “marriage law reform of the century,” the German divorce trend had resumed, almost as if the marriage law reform had never happened.