As love became the basis of gettingmarried, people began to question what would hold the marriage together if loveand intimacy disappeared. If marital companionship wasn’t based on socialstatus anymore, then there would be nothing to hold it together once thefeelings fade.
Thus, people began to demand the right to divorce their partner.Women began to advocate for equal rights to survive financially without relyingon a husband and by the 1950s, the traditional form of a marital uniontransformed. “The older system of arranged, patriarchal marriage was replacedby the love-based male breadwinner marriage, with its ideal lifelong monogamyand intimacy” (Coontz, pg. 11). However, this ideal lifelong marriage systemdidn’t last long and soon became what we now know to bemodern-day marriage. Today, marriage isbecoming less of a common practice.
Many couples are putting off the ceremonyor choosing to live together without entering a legally binding contract. Thearticle, “The Institution of Marriage isWeakening” states, “National marriage rate has dropped 43 percent over the lastfour decades to its lowest point ever” (Society, pg.2). This influences theways in which our society perceives marriage. Children are now growing up asbastards and following in the footsteps of their parents. The concept ofanti-marriage is becoming more popularized. “From 1976 to 1980, 68 percent ofteen-age girls surveyed said they thought it was likely they would stay marriedto the same person for a lifetime.
In 1995, it was 64 percent” (Society, pg.2).The modern- day marriage has evolved from the traditional ways. Women are nowseeking their own careers and don’t rely on men to support them financially.Due to this, they often put their careers first, which results in less timespent on forming intimate relationships with partners.
This evolution over thelast hundreds of years leads to a confusion of what marriage is supposed tolook like.