Men Explain Things To Me - Chapter 4: In Praise of the Threat and Chapter 5: Grandmother Spider Summary & Analysis

Rebecca Solnit
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There is an on-going debate about marriage equality. While it is true that a man marrying another man doesn’t directly impact a traditional marriage between a man and a woman it may affect it in a metaphysical sense. Advocates of same-sex marriage refuse to look at its threat to society while conservatives who believe in conventional marriage are vague about what the threat is. The term “same-sex marriage” has been largely replaced with “marriage equality.” The problem with the new phrase is that marriage between a man and woman has not been equal for centuries. In days of yore, a man owned his wife. The British judge William Blackstone wrote in 1765 that a woman actually lost her legal existence when she married. Until the Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870 and 1882, everything in the...

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