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The way we view marriage today differs greatly from the past. Our views and opinions on marriage and its meaning have changed considerably. Marriage is not necessarily less valued, but just viewed differently. Traditionally, marriage has been looked upon as a primary purpose of founding and maintaining a home and family. Fifty years ago, the majority of women were dependent on their husbands to work and support them. Their role in life was to take care of the children, their husbands and maintain the home. Procreation was part of the traditional marriage. This is quite evident in “Be Fruitful and Multiply”. The wife was fully aware that when she got married, her role in life was to bear children, take care of her house and please her husband. Her life was based on procreation and there was a purpose to her marriage. The modern marriage is based on sexual compatibility, love and romance. If the sex goes bad or the romance dies, than the couple can walk away from that marriage. How do you work out whether you are sexually compatible? Well, of course, you try before you buy! You make sure that you have a sufficient number of sexual partners to work out what you like and what you don’t like, so that when Mr. Continue...

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They are struggling to rise above the "housewife role and are working very hard to be recognized and valued for some of the same qualities as men are valued for: ambition, intelligence and independence. Even though this is considered a "modern marriage, there was still some tradition to it on the part of Netta. Younger women expect greater communication, companionship and compatibility with their spouses than older women. The younger women tend to fall in love too easily and fall in love with the idea of love because they place too much importance on romance by idealizing and romanticizing what they believe marriage to be. In "The Moslem Wife, sex played a major role in Jack and Netta's marriage. Living with a partner can be as strong and binding as a marriage. Marriage is a bond that should be taken seriously. Younger women have not yet developed their own sense of self worth and therefore, depend on their spouses to fulfill their needs of worthiness as opposed to older women who, in most cases, have a stronger sense of self worth. People today are expecting too much out of marriage. Sex was also an integral part of the marriage in "Unbearable Lightness of Being. People are entering into marriage too lightly without fully preparing themselves for the realities of what marriage entails. Right comes along, you will know he or she is the one for you as soon as you sleep with him or her. Their marriage was based on love and companionship. It is quite acceptable to have a sexual relationship and children outside of wedlock.


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