Modern Living: New Marriage Styles

It was Ambrose Bierce, the 19th century author and iconoclast, who defined marriage as a "community consisting of a master, a mistress and two slaves, making in all, two." In the past few years that community has come under increasing attack from feminists who feel that the traditional marriage has really consisted of one master (the husband) and one slave (the wife). Under the feminists' onslaught, the old rigid forms of marriage have begun to change, especially among younger couples. Some of the new roles assigned to husbands—and to wives—are proving to be impractical, but others may well become a...

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