Tell Us About Your Views on Marriage, and We'll Guess Which Generation You Belong To

Zoe Samuel

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About This Quiz

Marriage has existed in some form or other since the dawn of civilization. Originally it was a very mixed insitution, with all sorts of permutations; some societies allowed many wives, while others allowed many husbands. Some prohibited certain unions (e.g., a widow with her husband's brother), while others required the exact same match as a matter of course. Some expected that the wife should submit to the husband and give up her name for him, while others found that idea pretty darn silly. Marriage changes with every generation, and that's one huge reason that it has lasted. It keeps what is essential about itself and sheds the baggage of patriarchy or other out-of-date ways of thinking.

A common myth is that marriage is in decline, but actually the Millennial generation are far more likely to value it. Partly this is a product of the fight for marriage equality, that required a generation of young people to think deeply about why marriage matters and conclude that they wanted it for themselves and others. Partly it's a product of seeing the Boomer generation - who had more divorces than both their parents AND their children - throw a lot of the proverbial babies out with the bathwater. Partly it's because nobody can afford not to live with another person anymore! Millennials are thus more pro-marriage, delaying it longer and being far more likely than their parents to stay married. They're also MORE likely to stick in their marriages when the woman earns her own money, the opposite of the previous generation. Thus, we can see, marriage changes as society changes, but it never goes entirely out of fashion.

How do you feel about marriage? Let us know, and we'll figure out which generation you're from!

How important is marriage?

What's a good age to marry?

Should the man be in charge?

How big should the wedding be?

What's a good enough reason to leave a marriage?

Why marry at all?

Is it OK to have kids if you are not married?

What do you estimate your lifetime chances of divorce to be?

Do you think it's a good idea to cohabit before marriage?

Is a marriage in trouble if the wife earns more, or is more educated?

Would you write your own vows?

Did marriage match your expectations?

Is it OK to have single friends of the same gender as your spouse?

Should one parent stay home with the kids?

How long should you date before you marry?

Is it cheating for a partner to look at porn?

Do you need the approval of your family to marry?

Is polyamory a valid option for marriage?

Should all marriages lead to children?

What questions must be answered before you marry?

Who should ask whom?

Can you be unmarried but respectable?

Would you marry someone with serious debts?

Do both parties have to be a virgin?

Is it valid if there was no priest involved?

Are prenups unromantic?

Should your partner be your best friend?

Should you marry a person who cannot cook?

Whose job is it to clean the house?

Is marriage a patriarchal institution that needs to go the way of the dodo?

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