This week during the Online Book Club we will be discussing Chapter 5 of Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, “Truly, Madly, Deeply.”
Throughout history women were wed in matrimony to attain economic safety, participate in sexual intercourse, bear and rear children, strengthen political ties and power between families, and various other reasons. As societies evolved and industrialized many of these reasons faded away, however up until the 1960s women were unable to open credit card accounts, buy or rent apartments and run independent businesses without their husbands signature. Feminism sought to obliterate these constraints; it enabled women to have sex, men, and babies without being married. Essentially, the feminist movement and sexual revolution eliminated women’s need to marry. Spar then poses the question, why do men and women continue to marry? Why is marriage a thriving and sought after practice in our society? She provides us with insight about economics, health, and the transformation of marriages as contracts to marriages grounded in love, a phenomenon that commenced during the Renaissance!
We look forward to hearing your comments this week!