We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Try the turn of the 20th century when modernism and progressivism were on the rise. The 60's was merely all of that early work put to implementation. Evil wrapped in fancy academic jargon and labels such as progress, freedom and rights...pure destruction.
I find it interesting that an act that typically involves one man and one woman is always discussed as though it is only men participating.
An interesting story: A researcher was studying why some marriages last 50 plus years and most do not. In the interview of these long term relationships one of the question asked was did you have sexual relations with your spouse to be before marriage. About 80% of the men said yes but less then 30% of the women said yes. An interesting selective memory problem.
Yuck! I was raised by parents who married poor in their twenties and stayed blissfully in love til they died two monts apart 52 years later. Taught to marry for love, only pick someone you would be happy to eat a crust with (then the good times will just be a happy extra). To only date people who were kind, intelligent, and who might be good fathers some day. As my grandmother used to say about gold diggers "when you marry for money, you EARN it...". But this post is about prostitution, euphemisms. How would any of us feel if our daughters did this? As if we had failed in our most important parental role--sharing values.
I loved your statement "marry for love, only pick someone you would be happy to eat a crust with". I truely believe that love is the best and perhaps the only reason for marriage. However I think the reality is that many women marry for money and many men marry for lust and that seems to be what nature intended. It may sound a little tawdry to actually say it but that is what humans have done their entire history. Arguably the reason that today so many women have children outside of marriage and so many children are raised in a one parent home is because the government is now providing the "money" that a husband used to provide.