Posts tagged “history of marriage”

  • Review of A History of Marriage

    Review of A History of Marriage

    May 3, 2012

    Abbott is not afraid of spelling out inequalities concerning marriage and how these have affected women in general, women of color, men of color, individuals with disabilities, and women’s health, rights and choices. Abbott often mentions the notion of white privilege and white supremacy in reflection to marriage, especially during the time of slavery in America.

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  • Elizabeth Abbott on TV Ontario

    Elizabeth Abbott on TV Ontario

    November 8, 2011

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  • Elizabeth Abbott interviewed on the changing institution of marriage

    Elizabeth Abbott interviewed on the changing institution of marriage

    May 3, 2011

    What are your thoughts about the future of the institution of marriage? I think it has a really good future for fewer people. It’s becoming one option among several. . . . Gay people who wish to marry can do it, so that has reinforced the institution. It’s allowed a whole new excluded segment of the population into it as potential spouses. This reinforces marriage. . . . And certainly the issue of gay marriage is treated differently. We sometimes hear arguments in the U.S. about marriage being about bearing children—you spoke earlier about the plunging birth rate—and this is offered as a reason to prevent gay marriages. This argument also applies to older people. Should a menopausal woman be barred from marriage because she can’t have children? And gay people can have children. They can’t with each other but one of them can have a biological child or they can adopt. —Elizabeth Abbott, interviewed by University of Toronto

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  • Kirkus reviews Elizabeth Abbott’s A History of Marriage

    Kirkus reviews Elizabeth Abbott’s A History of Marriage

    February 18, 2011

    Engaging . . . [History of Marriage] weaves stories and facts in a kind of loosely fluid narrative that makes pleasant reading. The author has a flair for sweetening the facts with her palatable style . . . A rich tapestry and colorful snapshot of an evolving institution.

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  • Elizabeth Abbott: Marriage is often a casualty of war

    Elizabeth Abbott: Marriage is often a casualty of war

    November 12, 2010

    Rampant alcoholism and drug addiction, the "soldier's disease," wrecked havoc on marriages. So did venereal disease, contracted from prostitutes known as "horizontal refreshments." Symptoms included incontinence and impotence, and "No one knows how many Union and Confederate wives and widows went to their graves, rotted and ravaged by the pox that their men brought home," writes Civil War medical historian Thomas Lowry. Some demobilized husbands had grown closer to their wives through letters describing their experiences, including their fears, hopes, and emotional responses. Others, alienated by years of separation and hardship, had difficulty reconnecting with spouses. ("While you all was Haveing Such good times... on the 4th. we was Shooting Rebels," one young soldier observed.) Some women had had extramarital sex. Others, expecting their husbands to die in combat, entered new relationships. Some sold themselves to survive. When many veterans and their waiting wives reunited, they made each other miserable until they finally sought relief in separation or divorce. . . . What's wrong? Are broken marriages an inherent risk of military service? The sad answer is yes. —Elizabeth Abbott

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