Do you have to get married?
If your family isn’t united in matrimony, you’re part of a growing trend. Since 2005 in the U.S., most households are headed by a single person or unmarried couple. So why do we still structure everything from our concepts of adulthood to income tax brackets on the basis of marital status?
Both laws and social mores are changing with regard to marriage: questions of who may marry, and who must marry, have an evolving multiplicity of answers when it comes to jurisdiction, cohabitation, parenthood, gender, age, handicaps, and other factors.
Are you forbidden to marry? Is this a temporary condition? Explain.
In what ways have we shifted in our acceptance of unmarried couples? What values do we retain, and which ones need to be reexamined?
What is your unmarried life like? What rights and privileges do your married peers enjoy that you do not? Is it fair? Why or why not? And if not, how could society correct this injustice?
Are you a gay man who feels pressure from family and friends to exercise your right to marry?
Does legislation sway your opinion on marriage?
When did you decide not to marry? What were the deciding factors?
How would becoming someone’s husband change how you see yourself as a man?
The Good Men Project is answering the question, “What does it mean to be a good man in the twenty-first century?” The Good Life is home to themed discussions on the lifestyle associated with this quest.
Writers, your submissions on men, masculinity, and alternatives to marriage are currently being solicited for an upcoming section on The Good Life. For consideration, send your final drafts to Justin Cascio, Senior Editor of The Good Men Project, by email at [email protected] by Saturday, December 1. Pitches and queries welcome.
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