• Niharika Aneja

Marriage is an economic proposition


Marriage and family sociologically signifies the stage of greater social advancement. For much of the history of the world, men and women lived together because they needed each other. Marriage was an economic arrangement, and love and emotional support came second or perhaps not at all.


Marriage-its origin

Most ancient societies needed a secure environment for the perpetuation of the species, a system of rules to handle the granting rights and the protection of bloodlines. The word called marriage, act as an alliance between families. With times, the marriage has also brought a different meaning, where some marriages are by proxy, some involve a dowry and some require a bride price. These have brought new concepts in the marriage and with time have become deep rooted traditions.


The need for it

In earlier days, men were superior and the women were considered as inferior, and these ideas are still carried by most of the people in today’s economy. In those days, women get married to men for the economic reason, where people think that women can survive only with the support of men. After marriage the men will look after the family financially and the women would take care of the family being a home maker

In those days marriage were held only due to family pressure and economic need. As a partner, even when they have disapproval of thoughts or less compatibility, they were mending to be together, where mostly women will be the one to compromise but in the present time they get divorced. In those days and even now in some places marriage is an economic proposition, there is no love or mutual respect between couples.

The last statement of the above paragraph is well portrayed in the movie “Little Women”, where a dialogue of the movie which inspired most of the people is, a conversation between Amy March and Theodore which as follows, “I’m just a woman. And as a woman, I have no way to make money, not enough to earn a living and support my family. Even if I had my own money, which I don’t, it would belong to my husband the minute we were married. If we had children they would belong to him, not me. They would be his property. So don’t sit there and tell marriage isn’t an economic proposition, because it is.


Change in time

Over time, much has changed in the institution of marriage: in those days marriage was about bringing together the traditional roles of men and women to form a union based on practicality and compromise, to today,, when it is largely seen as a equal partnership rooted in love and mutual respect.

Times are rapidly changing, but for many people around the world, marriage remains the ultimate symbol of happiness. For a normal individual the actual plan is to meet a perfect man, get married, make a home together, have children and live happily ever after. This is only out of their happiness rather than for surviving. At present the couples are trying to get know each other, and wishes to be together with the mutual understanding and love, than considering what the society says.


Modern century

In today’s world, both the men and woman are given equal education in most of the families, where along with men, woman too become financially independent and do take their own decision. Women are climbing towards parity with the men in economic status and in leadership, this too states the different meaning of partnership and the couples wish to live together as partners with no differences mentally and economically.

As partners, in today’s world they tend to share the load in taking care of the families and individually fulfilling their aspiration. When comes to our country, the practice of the above idea is less in number. In many other countries woman are proving to survive in this world all alone.

The best marriages are those which built on deep love, mutual respect and the sense of equality. After the marriage, it seeks the two individual to own a different responsibility, legalities, commitment and challenge.

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