A History Of Marriage And Divorce: Cohabitacion Can Result in a Positive Outcome

1342 WordsJun 21, 20186 Pages
In the past fourteen billion years, the world has evolved numerous times. From creatures’ extinctions to the rise of technology, the world is constantly on a path of changes. And, even though not all events have been pleasant experiences, humans have definitely had the chance to learn from those happenings: one example being, marriage and its effects on family development. Since the beginning of time, open relationships between people, one reason being for the purpose of reproduction, have existed. It is simply part of human nature to bond with others; human instinct. History also shows that legal contracts did not tie up the first relationships during the Stone Age. However, due to society, marriage has been represented as the basis of a…show more content…
And while the decades advanced, the underlying message stayed the same; “a successful marriage requires hard work and personal sacrifice, particularly on the part of women” (Kuby 279). Consequently, creating longer-lasting matrimonies, even in those cases where injustice existed (Kuby 279). On the other hand, reflecting the mentality of ‘if something was broken, it would be fixed, not thrown away’, since divorce was not an option (Kuby 279). All of these facts show how marriage did not always have a bright side to it. However, along with everything that has changed throughout history, the meaning of marriage also took a drastic turn during the civil rights movement (Stevenson and Wolfers 28). “Ultimately, women would begin to erupt from the prison of marriage’ (Staub 1). As women gained the power to support themselves in the 1960’s, a fight began against traditional marriage (Stevenson and Wolfers 28). The traditional marriage image also took a great hit by the sex revolution, which increased the acceptance of sex outside of traditional heterosexual, monogamous relationships, thus, homosexual relationships, and premarital sex arising (Stevenson and Wolfers 28). In the 1960’s, people were also allowed to marry someone of any race, and divorce simply because the partners fell out of love, showing the peoples’ necessity to marry just for sentiment (Garrett 50). As a result, the divorce rate had spiked in the United States by fifty percent by 1980 (Stevenson and Wolfers

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