classism in marriage

15 Dec


This article is about a poll that Time and Pew collaborated on that raised the question, “Is marriage obsolete?” The results showed that almost 39% of Americans think it is, and that the richer/more educated you are, the more likely you are to see marriage in your future. I didn’t find this particularly surprising, as marriages are usually thought of as lavish and expensive. Especially with television shows such as “Bridezillas” and “Say Yes to the Dress,” society has done nothing to lower the absurdly high expectations that (men and) women seem to have for their wedding days.

I think that these traditional expectations of big weddings are unnecessary, and I don’t think that marriage expenses should be the thing that deters people from getting married. If you don’t want to get married for personal reasons, that’s fine, but a low income should not be the sole reason that a person doesn’t see marriage in their future. I just hope that more people are open about small, intimate weddings, because then more people would accept those as an option, and maybe they would be able to make a more personal decision about marriage, rather than one fueled by economic status.


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