Women's Equality In Marriage In I Want A Wife

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What is marriage? Marriage is a legal, formal, social union, and contract between two souls that unites their lives emotionally, economically, and legally with a vow of eternity. Over the years, marriage has changed massively for the better. For a start, women’s equality in marriage has changed dramatically. In the article “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady, written in 1972, the author describes the common conditions and expectations of a wife during that time. She persuades her audience by using a men’s point of view and their inherent selfishness. She expounds sarcastically by saying she likes someone to be her wife and do her wifely duties. She explains what a woman does as a mother and as a wife. Also, she points out how husbands are independent,…show more content…
In the 70s women or wives experienced quite the ride. The gender roles for men and women had been understood within the context of the marriage. The man has traditionally held the role of the breadwinner and decision maker, while the women lived the role of caregiver. These gender roles had been determined by society so that husband could control his wife and all she does. In the 70’s, husband has the power of all decision making in the house; from how many kids they should have to where they live or what they should invest their money in. Today because of changes in norms, there is no defined model for contemporary marriage, gender roles, or how these roles ought to be lived out. Therefore, a wife has the freedom to bring her whole self and not live by the old traditional gender role that was dictated by society. From all sorts of little decision-making tasks, such as dinner with friends, planned vacations, where couples live, or family finances these decisions now equally involve both husband and wife. In general women are not playing a submissive role anymore; they are contributing to their marriage equally with their…show more content…
In 1972 all household responsibilities were taking care of by women such as cooking, cleaning, taking care of kids and more. As Judy Brady describe it in her article, women at that time were treated like as an old maids. She wrote “I want a wife who will keep my clothes clean, ironed, mended, replaced when need be” This article shows all the expectations women had to deal with as a wife and as a mother each day. Society put all these pressures and expectations on women without and help from their spouse. Besides all the work, women were not recognized and appreciated. Never the less, now there isn’t be a division of labor at home that would cause the wife to feel dissatisfied or unappreciated. The overall expectation and duties from society has changed. Instead, men share both occasional and routine household tasks with their wives. From the routine tasks such as, cooking, washing dishes, doing laundry to the occasional yard work or household repairs, husband and wife work on household duties together as a team. So, there wouldn’t be a division of labor at home that cause wife to feel dissatisfied or

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