BACK THEN IT WAS THOUGHT WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE WOULD DAMAGE TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE: DID IT?

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“The family constitutes the fundamental social unit. Woman’s sphere of activity falls mainly within while man’s field of action lies largely without the domestic circle. This represents the traditional and, presumably, the ideal relation between the sexes. It has the sanction of divine authority and the test of human experience.”

It’s part of an anti-women’s suffrage argument from 1915, with it being suggested that suffrage could seriously damage the institution of marriage.

“Woman suffrage could not possibly enhance the harmoniousness of this relationship, but might seriously jeopardize it.”

The argument that women’s suffrage would destroy traditional marriage sounds almost identical to the argument that same-sex marriage will destroy traditional marriage we hear today.

“But if we just accept this shift [valuing lifelong commitment over serial relationships], we’re giving up on one of the great ideas of Western civilization: the celebration of lifelong heterosexual monogamy as a unique and indispensable estate. That ideal is still worth honoring, and still worth striving to preserve.”

Apparently “CHANGE” is something people have feared throughout history!

Not to mention
“EVOLVING & EQUALITY”

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