Catherine Deveny unleashes a torrent of anti-marriage arguments on Fairfax Digital today.
I AM against gay marriage. I’m against straight marriage. I’m against marriage full stop. Why are we hanging on to this relic of an anachronistic system (which still reeks of misogyny and bigotry),
Ms Deveny seems to be arguing that women who choose to marry are somehow being duped into a life of servitude and an early death.
Weddings and marriage are spin-doctoring propaganda to maintain social order. Which is code for ”making sure the blokes are running the joint while women are oppressed and conned into doing the majority of the unpaid domestic and emotional heavy lifting” (and a hefty whack of the income earning as well). Married men live longer than single ones. Unmarried women live longer than wives. Girls, read the fine print and ask yourself: ”What’s in it for me?”
And just in case you thought that there may be some arguments to be made for marriage, Deveny dismisses them thus.
I don’t judge you if you have an ownership ceremony. I do laugh at you behind your back when you defend it with hilarious and irrational rhetoric.
Seeing as Ms Deveny declared that she isn’t, never was, never will be married, I’m not quite sure why she feels so outraged by the choices of others. Her arguments against marriage are selective in their treatment of statistics and put up some very lame straw men for her to knock down.
Although marriage is an old institution there’s no reason to accept that a modern marriage must be defined by all of the traditions that have come before, however there’s also no reason to accept that people can’t be happy in one that is.
Disclosure: I recently celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary, and so did my wife.