The Ten-Year Contract Marriage  

rm_piewinch 35F
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2/28/2006 4:17 am

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The Ten-Year Contract Marriage

[Slacking on a freelance translation job.]

I propose that we banish the spectre of divorce by instituting the TEN YEAR CONTRACT MARRIAGE. According to this scheme, you can renew the contract as many times as you want, but neither partner will be angry or surprised when you choose not to do so. And you will part on relatively amicable terms.

I figure ten years is long enough to have a kid and get it past the teething and crawling stages, which is probably the time of life when you need both of your parents the most.*

And it's always been my opinion that that's all you need marriage for, anyway (unless you're after the tax benefits).

No one ever makes life decisions anymore. People change jobs, people move out of the country. The way things are now, the average person's bound for a big change every five to seven years (just guessing). Even Japan's system of lifetime employment has changed!

Through your life, you will be experiencing constant change. Despite this, people are still expected to marry for life. To me, that just doesn't make sense. It might have made sense when we were all dying off at the age of 50, before we had time to get bored of one another. But imagine marrying someone and living with them until 80. Marriages were never supposed to last that long!

Nope, I'm all for serial monogamy. I'm not into fucking around, but that "until death" thing just doesn't do it for me.

There's got to be an in between. And that's the 10-year contract marriage.

* In writing this, I'm obviously biased by the fact that my parents are still married, live in the same house, but haven't had a proper conversation in over ten years.

shinai4you 53M  
12 posts
2/28/2006 10:06 am

I think it was under the ancient Irish brehon laws that marriage was a 1 year contract. If you didn't get on, you just didn't renew the contract. On top of that, men were the only ones allowed to own the measure of wealth - cattle, but women were the only ones allowed to own land. Does a man no good to have thousands of head of cattle with no place to graze them.
Thats a system I would like to see work.

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