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  1. Introduction
  2. Marriage and Partnerships
  3. Marriage liberation
  4. John Stott
  5. Stephanie Coontz
  6. Conclusion

There are changing trends in people's interpretation of marriage and partnership. To understand the issue of partnership and marriage, it is crucial to analyze different perspectives on the matter. In this context, we will look at marriage and partnerships from a Feminist, religious and social perspective.

In her essay Liberating Marriage and Partnership Hooks advocates for free sexual expression. She reinstates the fact that women deserve to make choices when it comes to marriage. However, Bells asserts that women do not have to be disrespectful to their partners (Hooks 78). She criticizes the double standards in marriage where men are free to have sexual escapades while women face criticism for doing the same. Hooks assert that the marriage is a form of sexual slavery that demands sacrifice from women towards the gratification of men. There is a failure of men to reciprocate intimacy, respect and care in marriage. Nevertheless, some women also fail to do the same for their husbands. Marriage is about giving and taking for both spouses.

Marriage liberation allows the women to enjoy sexual gratification. The feminist perception of marriage dwells more on the aspect of sex in partnerships. Non-monogamous relationships give men power over women since men can have many sex partners. Feminists advocate for sexists paradigm to enable women to indulge in non-monogamous relationships just like the men (Hooks 79). This ensures that both men and women can enjoy satisfying sexual relationships. However, there is more to marriage than sexual gratification. For Hooks love and sex are separable. Individuals do not have to be in love to engage in sexual activities.

[...] There are changing trends in people's interpretation of marriage and partnership. To understand the issue of partnership and marriage, it is crucial to analyze different perspectives on the matter. In this context, we will look at marriage and partnerships from a Feminist, religious and social perspective. In her essay Liberating Marriage and Partnership Hooks advocates for free sexual expression. She reinstates the fact that women deserve to make choices when it comes to marriage. However, Bells asserts that women do not have to be disrespectful to their partners (Hooks 78). [...]


[...] Simply put perfect marriages and partnerships do not just happen people make them. John Stott looks at marriage from a Christian perspective. In his book Same Sex Partnership, he tackles the delicate issue of same-sex relationships and marriages that most religious authors tend to ignore. Stott openly opposes homosexuality through biblical quotations. For instance, he quotes the book of Leviticus to show that the Bible prohibits homosexuality (Stott 8). Stott asserts that Sodom and Gomorrah faced destruction because of engaging in homosexuality. [...]


[...] This is true because although marriage is between two people, the society plays a big role in the couple's lives. The issue of marriage and partnership is quite delicate since it forms the basis of societal survival. It is clear that individuals perceive marriage differently. Their sexual orientation notwithstanding couples need to respect and honor the marriage institution. Overall, all the perspectives analyzed above point to the fact that principles like equality, respect, understanding, mutual satisfaction and growth lead to a lasting and fulfilling marriage and partnership. [...]

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