Rethinking Marital Relationships in the Light of the Changing Role of Women Today
Ana May Dominique de Dios
If I go over the long talk about the history of cultures and traditions of marriage in light of past and contemporary context, I might as well be able to write a novel just talking about that particular topic. It is very broad and there are almost a million words that I could blabber about. So we’ll just stick with the basic context of life in the boundaries of marriage in contemporary times. However, just to have some comparison, we’ll be looking back to the not so distant past. Just to shed light over why it’s changed over time.
In the past, as what we’ve been taught, the man has all the rights in the world. Man is the center of life. Man is always the stereotypical strong and wise and laborious. While women are just in the shadows, men take all the credit. Women are often misrepresented-even in the bible. We all know the story of Adam and Eve where Adam is the first person created, hence making man the original inhabitant of earth and that Eve was just created out of a man’s body part. So that was why they think that the women are subjected to men. Also that story when Adam was persuaded to eat the apple from the knowledge tree by the woman. This came to be interpreted that women are temptations and hindrances to men’s success. That is not true, isn’t it? What is it like to be married then in all these things present in the world today?
I won’t know the answer in a guy’s point of view but for a girl’s, it’s pretty much like being saved by a knight in shining armor. In the past, the man had always been the breadwinner in the family. Women don’t have much of an important role in the society. They are plain housewives whose main purpose is very well served being a supportive wife, serving her husband when he comes home, taking care of the children. Pretty much in the shadows, isn’t it? In the contemporary world, where the women already are serving in the working force in the society, leading organizations and excelling in their chosen fields, women have already been proving that if men can do the laborious workload, they can too. In light of this rapid globalization, there have been drastic changes that have occurred over time. Wives can now be seen in the office while men can now be seen at home being a househusband. Or most popular today is that both the husband and wife succeed in their career as professionals.
In light of this, a couple now has equal rights and choices on whether or not to go conventional or be part of the globalization trend today. Women are now seen as independent and are be entrusted with men’s role. Men can choose whether or not to become a house buddy. Each one has a choice to share in expenses around the household or not. They may or may not be able to do their duties well as couples depending on their schedules. In short, there are good and bad consequences in the life of the married couple in contemporary context.