Monday, 20 January 2014

Question 16b: What's your Attitude towards Marriage?

IMG_5542A majority of the Swenglish participants were positive towards marriage even the ones who were divorced. As many as 10 of 15 people in England wanted to marry, re-marry or were married already; 3 were hesitant; 2 totally uninterested. In Sweden the figures were surprisingly similar: 9 of 15 Swedes wanted to marry, re-marry or were married already; 4 were hesitant and 2 were against marriage. Here's a typical answer: 
”It was something I was totally against when I was younger, but I've softened a bit ... It feels good kind of: inheritance, legal stuff. But then I suppose I find it quite romantic with marriage ... And if you have children it's good to marry, in case you get cancer ..." 
In short: most people saw marriage as a mix between legal stuff and romance. But there were some people who only saw it as a legal arrangement and a few who wanted to marry just to have a wedding party. One of the same sex couples who took part in the project thought it was important to marry as a statement for their rights, but that essentially marriage was a patriarchal institution that they disliked.
Two of the participants stood out in a different way: one of the participants in England was married to the sea and one of the Swedish participants was married to herself! 
This study is by no means scientific, the answers are based on interviewing 15 people in England and 15 people in Sweden, aged 22-59. Look out for the next question: What's your attitude towards sex?

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