Controversial feminist Clementine Ford has described marriage as “built on the oppression of women” and compared wives to slaves in a new book.
The best-selling author appeared on The Project to outline an alternative view of marriage and how she wants to get women to question what they’ve been told about marriage in her latest book, I Don’t place.
“I think my biggest problem with marriage is that it is a fundamentally flawed institution based on the oppression of women,” she said on the show.
“…But also that it is now presented to people as something it never was, which is what we need in order to have happiness and love.”
“Love marriage is only about 200 years old, so the idea that marriage is somehow something essential that makes our lives better is historically wrong and I think that we as people who focus on how we could make you happy would be much better.” ‘
Feminist author Clementine Ford (pictured) described marriage as “built on the oppression of women” in an interview with Ten’s The Project
She went on to say that marriage is largely “great for men,” while women carry a lot of the burden within the relationship.
“One of the main complaints that many women have about their husbands is that they don’t really feel like their husbands see them. They’re just like a glorified all-in-one device to them,” she said.
Ms Ford said she was “not at all against people falling in love and starting families” but urged people to consider whether they need to get married to have a meaningful relationship.
“If you have essentially the same legal rights in a de facto relationship as you do in a marriage, what does the marriage and the piece of government paper give you that a relationship doesn’t?” she asked.
Host Waleed Aly (pictured) pointed out to Ms Ford that the dynamics of de facto relationships are often similar to those of marriages and asked her whether the marriage might not be the problem after all
Host Waleed Aly then pointed out to Ms. Ford that the dynamics of de facto relationships are often similar to those of marriages, and asked her that maybe the marriage isn’t the problem after all.
“That’s a good question Waleed, maybe a de facto relationship is what’s next,” she said.
“My goal is to really empower women to see something bigger and better for themselves than just being someone’s partner or wife.”