35 Feminist Quotes About Marriage Everyone Needs To Read

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We're fortunate to live in a time when the institution of marriage is being challenged and reshaped. How our culture thinks of marriage is rapidly changing — in many senses, it's finally catching up to what we've known about it for quite some time — and these feminist quotes about marriage are proof that it isn't necessarily a one-size-fits-all matter.

There is definitely still an impulse to think that all marriages should be what our culture thinks of as a "typical" marriage: It occurs between a man and woman, very often in a church, and before any children arrive. With each generation, however, we're better understanding that not only is that not always the case, but moreover, that it doesn't have to be the case. The participants might be of any gender; not everyone sees marriage and religion as forever intertwined; you can have babies without being a "legal" couple first — or choose not to have babies at all. Many may also resist the idea of marriage all together, understanding that a piece of paper doesn't have to define you or your relationship in any way, shape, or form. And there's nothing wrong with any of that.

The value of these feminist words comes from the message they send: That there is no "right" and "wrong" way of being in love (or not). Marriage is not about filling a predetermined role that you were given. It's about commitment and happiness, and it's a personal choice we all make in our own time.

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