Essay «Marriage is an Equal Partnership»

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Marriage is an Equal Partnership

Keeping a marriage requires a lot of things: love, hard work, unconditional faith, support and no doubt responsibility. Both parties should take pains to make their life together happier and their alliance stronger.

Nowadays a lot of couples prefer an equal partnership. However, practice shows that doing household chores is mostly women’s responsibility. Hollis (2008) assures that aside from the traditional, obvious tasks women are responsible for strategy management – that usually means planning evening meals, scheduling children’s appointments, arranging parties, buying gifts for relatives. The described situation doesn’t meet the expectations of a female party. As a result, there exists a certain gender gap for so called “invisible work”. This makes even a happy marriage an unequal partnership and causes stress in relationship, making a wife feel used and unappreciated.

Thus, both parties should share domestic and other chores and this labor needs to be divided evenly between them. They should help each other out taking turns, for example, in washing and ironing. Moreover, if they work out an arrangement that suits them both, their routine life will be not so boring and they will have fun while doing all this domestic workload. Working as a team will certainly unite a couple.

An equal partnership also concerns bringing up children. Not only woman should take responsibility for this difficult and time-consuming process. If both parties work similar hours they should contribute to the partnership equally. Marriage is not a simple love affair; it is the sacrifice of ego to a relationship in which two have become one (Campbell & Moyers, 1988, p. 14).

In conclusion, we should say that if both parties come to an agreement, it will benefit for their marriage as a whole and benefit a husband and a wife individually.

 

References

Campbell, J., & Moyers, B., D. (1988). The Power of Myth. New York: Doubleday.

Hollis, L. (2008, October 28). Invisible housework chores [«Web log post»]. Retrieved from http://lizhollis.blogspot.com/search?q=invisible+housework+chores