People in some […] Here’s an interesting thread from a football message board.As far as I can tell, all the participants are male.The idea of marriage as a sexually exclusive, romantic union between one man and one woman is a relatively recent development.Until two centuries ago, said Harvard historian Nancy Cott, "monogamous households were a tiny, tiny portion" of the world population, found in "just Western Europe and little settlements in North America." When did people start marrying?The first recorded evidence of marriage contracts and ceremonies dates to 4,000 years ago, in Mesopotamia.In the ancient world, marriage served primarily as a means of preserving power, with kings and other members of the ruling class marrying off daughters to forge alliances, acquire land, and produce legitimate heirs.In ancient Rome, marriage was a civil affair governed by imperial law.
Read the question briefly and then make sure you understand it by summarizing the man’s problem: My lovely wife and I were watching Mad Men the other evening when she turned to me and asked, “If John Hamm is my free pass, who is yours?
Many, it seems, are hoping for a return of traditional dating culture. Girl I knew from college (but wasn’t really friends with) sends me a message on Facebook that she wants to hang out and grab a drink sometime. Conversation is great, she’s funny, we have similar interests, etc.
However, didn’t […] Here are some interesting excerpts from an online conversation (from a New York Giants football message board): Question: Hey guys.
They advocated marrying for love rather than wealth or status. For thousands of years, law and custom enforced the subordination of wives to husbands.
This trend was augmented by the Industrial Revolution and the growth of the middle class in the 19th century, which enabled young men to select a spouse and pay for a wedding, regardless of parental approval. But as the women's-rights movement gained strength in the late 19th and 20th centuries, wives slowly began to insist on being regarded as their husbands' equals, rather than their property.