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April 03, 2009


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This is the rest of Stanton's quote.

"It is vain to look for the elevation of woman so long as she is degraded in marriage. I say, it is a sin, an outrage on our holiest feelings to pretend that anything but deep, fervent love and sympathy constitutes marriage. The right idea of marriage is at the foundation of all reform."

She was fighting against the nature of the unequal marriage relationship, not against the notion of marriage per se.

Is there any early feminist who was against marriage, as you say?


Stanton is absolutely right if this is the whole quote. From my own research (which may not be as extensive as yours but it isn't slight), Stanton wasn't arguing that marriage IS degradation but that it can be a pretext for degradation by men who believe that they "own" their spouse (and not in a mutual way either). The right idea of marriage is amazingly beautiful but the wrong idea of it is equally horrific.


I'm not sure if I agree with your assessment on the "third wave of feminism" but I do agree that the rise of the hook-up culture is alarming. I am a (fairly) recent college graduate and the hook-up culture is rampant in colleges today. The mentality of "open" relationships continues into marriages and is a rising phenomenon as well. I just don't get it. Just because monogamy is difficult, it doesn't mean that it is unnatural and it doesn't mean that it isn't something worth fighting for.

Ok - I'll step off my soapbox now...LOL.

Love your blog by the way.


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