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1 Agarwal Keya G. Agarwal Writ 140 #64425 Lauren Weindling Assignment #2 15 th February 2012 Kiss, But Do Tell: Exploring the innocence of sin Four hundred years ago, a conversation about marriage consisting of the mere mention of love was likely to have stirred up confusion and concern. Love, which we may feel is the only foundation upon which an everlasting bond can be forged, many considered as a ludicrous notion and a sinful indulgence. The primary role of marriage in society was to serve as a political or economic arrangement between two individuals (and usually even their families) 1 . However, the reasons why individuals marry have evolved through the years as love has become the chief purpose for tying the knot now days. If the reasons for marrying have changed this drastically then the sole purpose and meaning of marriage has transformed as well, so the standards that we hold for marriage should change accordingly. The expectations that we have for a marriage should be subjective, and it is not necessary for us to impose our views of matrimony on others. Hence, while one couple may detest the thought of adultery, another couple may embrace it. However, a fine distinction distinguishes the circumstances in which adultery is immoral and moral. Both partners of a marriage must be fully aware and accepting of the other engaging in extramarital affairs for adultery to be considered moral. Therefore, before the partners make a commitment to one another, they should lay down the ground rules and moral agreement for 1 Coontz, Stephanie. “What’s Love Got to Do with It; A brief history of marriage.” Psychotherapy Networker 29.3 (2005). < http://proquest &Fmt=2&clientId=5239&RQT=309&VName=PQD>.
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2 their relationship. It is essential for them to be honest with each other to honor this commitment. Hence, marriage should play the role of honesty in society, rather than sexual monogamy, in the future of intimate relationships; and based on this criterion, the institution and society should accommodate all types of relationships without favoring one over the other. Marriage without sexual monogamy is a possible and a realistic type of lifestyle for individuals who believe they are not meant to be sexually monogamous. Marriage is not a means for us to limit other’s autonomy or freedom, but a means for us to formulate a moral ground and understanding between two people and society. Consequently, we can come to terms with our partner’s requirements and standards for a healthy relationship, while they similarly reciprocate. The concept of free love, which rejects the notion of adultery, is an extreme form of independence promoted by those who challenge the idea of marriage in itself. For example, in her article “Adultery and other half revolutions,” Kipnis writes about marriage as a capitalist trap that keeps us under surveillance and suppresses our natural desires for extramarital affairs. She proposes that the only way to overcome this is by us resorting to an alternative style of living in a
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