Marriage: Changing Institution

Archive Report

Weakening of Monogamous Standard

Forces Buffeting Marriage in Modern Society

So many odd and contrary forces are pressing on marriage in America today that only one conclusion is supportable: The venerable institution of matrimony must be undergoing momentous change. No one at this point can be sure what will become of it. Many forces are buffeting marriage about. The sexual revolution is bringing on a widening acceptance of premarital, extramarital and group sex. Contraception that is almost foolproof is freeing women from the “biological trap” within and outside of marriage. The women's liberation movement and the economic independence of many women are creating pressure for redefining male and female roles.

Americans are encouraged in a multitude of ways to cast off restraints imposed by traditional moral codes ...

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