The Essay 'Modern Family' By Mona Charon

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Mona Charon’s essay “Modern Family”, she explains the traditional roles in a marriage between a husband and wife. The roles between a husband and wife are, the husband works all day while the wife stays home and care for their children, but only 23% of families the United States model this image. With an image of a mother with a part-time job shows the majority of families in the Unites States. (1) In most marriages, the roles that husband and wife play and I think it’s wrong. I believe that husband and wife should share the housework, child care, and the income. Statistics show that mothers do nearly 70 percent of the child care and homework in these households while fathers do 65 percent of the breadwinning. (1[225]). But some women prefer…show more content…
I 'm not saying that’s the case with all families, but it is in most. Rebecca Solnit 's’ essay “More Equal Than Others” talks little about the husband in the marriage having control over his wife and the marriage not being equal. Back into the 1700s and the 1800s, laws defining marriage made the husband essentially an owner and the wife a possession. (3) In 1765, Williams, Blackstone, British Judge, wrote: “ By marriage, the husband and wife are in person in law; that is, the very being or legal existence of the woman is suspended during the marriage, or at least incorporated and consolidated into that of the husband…” (3) This shows that women have no say in their marriage and basically is just there to look good on her husband’s arm. She isn’t a human being, instead a robot that just gets up cooks, cleans, and take cares of her husband and children then repeat again and again. Also, everything belongs to the husband; and the wife was penniless and had nothing. I think that’s why wives back then and today stay in marriages that run like this is because they don’t have anything if they leave, they have no money and most no families and their husband is all they have. With that control the husband, its has led to beating their
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