Marriage and Love by Emma Goldman
EmmaGoldman article Marriage and Love appears to have a very negative view on marriage and love. It seems that Emma believes that marriage and love is not bulit on actual facts but on superstition. She feels that a marriage and love is nothing but a farce and has nothing to do with each other. Fromthe first couple of paragrahs I thought to myself what happen to her in her life to make her feel this way? Did she herself have a bad marriage, is she the prouduct of one?Or is it just the idea of marriage period that leaves her with such an negative attitude. All through the article is well written I do not believe a lot of her philosophyon the matter.
As I continued to read I went back to the title and notice that it was written in1910 and I realize why she may have felted as she did,given the time. She leaves me to wonder was she speaking from her own personal experience, was she standing no the outside and looking in or was she talking about just white women or women in general. I do agree with her that from infancy that girls are told that marriage should be their main goal in life. I do disagree with her thatmarriage is just “an economic arrangement an insurance pact.”Even during this time not all suitable husband had a bank account to depend on. Yes it may be condisered a farce, because some women do get married just to have a man take care of them which I feel is very shallow of any women plus there is no love in the union. Then she gets on the subject of sex she states “It is indecent and filthy for a respectable girl” to know anything of marital relations. Whom does she feel is respectable? Middle class and up? Given the time a lot of women did go into the marital relation being some what ignoranant, but I don’t think that can be said for all women.
If Goldman were alive today I think she would be quite happy with the feminist movement and all the changes that have occured since 1910. Women today are mor independent with their own lives that thet don’t need a man to buy cars, homes and get an education they can do this with out their help. Women don’t have to get married or need too. Marriage is not about receiving the ” short end of the stick”. But about being a help mate and partner to you mate