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History of Marriage

9 Things You May Not Know About Marriage

Taylor Jenkins Reid | Posted 06.24.2014 | Weddings
Taylor Jenkins Reid

The truth is, many of us take marriage for granted without knowing much about its history, changing shape, and varied role in cultures different than our own.

The Definition of Marriage

John Corvino | Posted 12.08.2012 | Gay Voices
John Corvino

Marriage changes, and so does language. What never seems to change is the right wing's propensity for circular arguments.

Is It Time To Retire The Word 'Wife'?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.16.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

What, nowadays, is the meaning of the word wife? It certainly is not what it used to be -- but it hasn't yet come to mean something new, either.

Marriage Has Always Been One Man And One Woman? Not Really

James Peron | Posted 03.04.2012 | Gay Voices
James Peron

The moment someone tells me "marriage has always been" something or another, I know they are ignorant of the actual history of marriage. It has never "always" been anything. It has taken different forms, with different social rules attached.

Love Stories: Is Marriage Necessary?

Wednesday Martin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wednesday Martin

While marital and couples therapists tell us how to save our marriages, sociology, anthropology, and human behavioral ecology suggest that it isn't so much married couples as Marriage itself that's in crisis.