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The Institution of Marriage

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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Marriage is just a fancy word for slavery.
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AdamKass Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
I must disagree. It is only slavery for those who chose for it to be. Marriage can be an equal partnership. What it is just depends on what kind of relationship the couple decides to have, both as individuals and as a pair.
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Saeter Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012
The rings are representations of bondage.
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MatthewMatters Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nope. Love the concept.

Anyone willing to be pessimistic about marriage just ain't experienced no true love.
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h-irsch Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student Digital Artist
No. I don't care for it though.
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TheAwesomeShoeXD Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty much. I don't want it, but I think everybody has the right to be miserable, so it should be legalized for everybody to get married.
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
In a way I do and in a way I don't. Back in the day it sure as hell was, but today the context has changed. You're not a literal slave anymore, but you still are institutionalized. Why marriage can be a psychological form of slavery (and not everyone agrees with this), is because by nature humans were never designed to handle marriage. Marriage, no matter if it's polygamous or monogamous, typically has its participants confined to one person or more for long periods of time. Humans are not born being able to stand this. They're polygamous and don't like staying in one spot with the same person(s) for all their lives. They get bored of it. So having to do that for twenty plus years can cause strain between a person and their mate, or mates, because they don't have the mental capabilities to handle the situation. In that way, marriage can feel like a prison or a form of slavery. Because 'you' hypothetically have lost your sense of freedom. Take marriage out of the equation, and you're no longer 'bonded' anymore to anyone. You can do what you want (or who you want, if I may be so blunt) when you want.

The exceptions the feeling of bondage in marriage are instances where marriage is either open or doesn't exist at all. There's a culture in China for example that expresses (very loosely in my opinion) 'free love' and a lack of institutionalized marriage. They have informal ceremonies that might be considered as weddings to outsiders, but really they're only little get-togethers for the sole purpose of allowing the matriarch of the household to decide whether or not a certain man is worthy of dating her daughter or not.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The idea of there being a human nature is a fallacy.
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
How so?
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:iconcarusmm:
carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Man is freedom, not chopped liver.
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Student General Artist
Not from a biological standpoint. The human loses its soul and individuality and becomes nothing more than an animal or machine. Free will becomes an illusion.

((Besides if you were already set on mankind being free from the get-go, wouldn't this whole question of marriage being a prison be kind of obsolete?))
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Scientific determinism is alright for cabbage but man is a go-getter.
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:iconbabylonsabby:
BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Student General Artist
I find that hard to believe thanks to all my pondering and research thus far. Man is very smart, yes, but still operates like a machine. Base level instincts and inter workings move him through his day to day life without him even realizing it. And instead of accepting it, he makes up a more 'beautiful' reason for why he does what he does. Because in his mind, Man is 'beautiful'. Man is 'different'.
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empiredice Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
No, but job is a fancy word for serfdom.
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tdroid Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
No, at least not in my part of the world. In some other parts, I am sure ot would be closer to that, but I don't know if slavery is the word I'd use.
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Debra-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nope. Me and my husband both treat each other with respect. We love each other more than anything. THAT is what marriage is about, being selfless. Slavery....would not apply. If someone views marriage that way then they are obviously too immature for marriage.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir didn't respect each other, I suppose.
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Debra-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I didnt say you had to be married to have respect. I said you had to have respect to be in a real marriage.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I believe in monogamy but not in marriage as it is totally unnecessary.
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Debra-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think it is :)
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Totally-dead Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Totally. Sex slave for all eternity. Is anything better?
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impoliticalsowhat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Hahahaha!! You've made my day!! XD
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Lytrigian Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
No, that's stupid.
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Taking vows gives couples an extra something to prevent them from breaking up. From what I've read, shack-up relationships have a higher percentage of breakups then marriages do.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The bonds you talk of are revered chains.
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Deguerre Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So... which party do you think is the slave and which the slave owner? Does your answer change if it's a same-sex marriage?
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JericaWinters Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Prisoners of war are in chains, kidnap victims are in chains. Vows aren't chains...they' are entered into willingly.
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impoliticalsowhat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Well said!
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skulkey Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
depends upon which country and time period you're talking about.
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FIRSTxAIDxKIT Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Depends on which part of the world you're living in.
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:iconimpoliticalsowhat:
impoliticalsowhat Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Slavery? No. But I do agree that too many people foolishly jumping into marriage without an understanding of what they're getting into when doing so.
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:icondebra-marie:
Debra-Marie Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Exactly.
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TheAwsomeOpossum Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
No.
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rockstar1009 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
And carusmm is just a fancy word for "massive flaming twat."
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Svataben Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So true.
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EldingaGunman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
We have to start a petition to get that into an actual dictionary.
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Bullet-Magnet Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I think that's an insult to people who are actually enslaved in the world today.
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Deizzan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I wouldn't say slavery. Marriages today are simply a social contract with a bit of business here and there.
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EldingaGunman Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Not really. But in many cases, it certainly is a fancy word for 'bad idea'.
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carusmm Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
lol I like this a lot.
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