Fitting that this is being posted the day after Independence Day. I guess it’s ‘Dependence Day’ for some. Once again Lori Alexander is trying to make claims about the 1950s and 1960s that do not hold up to the historical reality of the time. She is claiming that once the feminist movements started happening women threw off marriages for all sorts of assumed reasons of stupity. According to Lori women divorced for selfish reasons.
Lori’s emphasis in this piece in this piece is that we should reject divorce and live like it’s the 1950s because it is “Godly”.
No, not true. Women didn’t divorce not because of God, or family, or society. Women had no options. As far back as the early 1960s women could not ever have a bank account in her own name, it had to have a male cosigner, either a husband or a father. Divorce initiated by the wife was rare for reasons completely unrelated to anything moral. If you had married a drunk, or a man that routinely beat you up, or someone that spent his entire paycheck on his way home from work you were stuck in your bad marriage. There was no legal recourse and no divorce.
I prefer that there continue to be safeguards in place in marriage, for both partners. I think it’s pretty safe to say that most people don’t much like divorce but recognize the necessity of keeping it as a legal safeguard to keep people from being stuck in abusive situations.
This marriage or else mentality in Quiverfull strikes me entirely as ‘I am miserable in my marriage and you should be too.’
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