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 binding for life, thanks to the divorce revolution pushed by people such as Betty Friedan, the other members of NOW, and their collaborators.
Here are a two examples of the many aspects of the reality of that:
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…