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Pre-Politically Correct History: Primitive Marriage

“The primitive male looked upon marriage in terms not of sexual license but of economic cooperation. He expected the woman – and the woman expected herself – to be not so much gracious and beautiful (though he appreciated these qualities in her) as useful and industrious; she was to be an economic asset rather than a total loss; otherwise the matter-of-fact ‘savage’ would never have thought of marriage at all.
Marriage was a profitable partnership, not a private debauch; it was a way whereby a man and a woman, working together, might be more prosperous than if each worked alone. Wherever in the history of civilization, woman has ceased to be an economic asset in marriage, marriage has decayed; and sometimes civilization has decayed with it.”

Will Durant, Our Oriental Heritage, 1935

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