Marriage

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Bride (left) and husband (right) in traditional Western wedding clothes.

Marriage is a socially or ritually recognized union or legal contract between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between them, between them and their children, and between them and their in-laws. The definition of marriage varies according to different cultures, but it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually intimate and sexual, are acknowledged. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. A broad definition of marriage includes those that are monogamous, polygamous, same-sex and temporary.

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  • The corresponding verb is to marry or to get married. The adjective is to be married.
  • The ceremony in which people are united in marriage is called a wedding.
  • A woman about to be married or newlywed is called a bride.
  • A man about to be married or newlywed is called a bridegroom (sometimes shortened to groom).
  • A partner in a marriage is called husband when male, and wife when female.
  • A gender-neutral term for a person's partner in a marriage is spouse.

[edit] Marriage and spanking

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In patriarchial societies, husbands were considered heads of household, and as such the wife was expected to consider her husband as her superior. In some Christian weddings, obedience was formerly included along with honor and love as part of a conventional bride's (but not the bridegroom's) wedding vow. The husband would traditionally reserve the right to punish his wife, if necessary, for ill behaviour. In some cultures this included a right of the husband to use corporal punishment. This right was not unfrequently abused in the form of domestic violence.

The opposite, a wife beating or spanking her husband was considered a role reversal in traditional society, and a husband who was subjected to such discipline from his wife was often subjected to taunting from the rest of society if it was found out. Today, a bride spanking her husband is a popular theme among femdom/malesub lovers.

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Below are some quotations regarding the history of spanking and marriage:

Among the large number of men whom she treated this way were Leontius, who occupied the position of Referendarius, and Saturninus, son of Hermogenes the Magister, both of them just married. This Saturninus had married a second cousin, a maiden of good birth and excellent character, whose father Cyril had approved the match, Hermogenes having died earlier. No sooner had they shut themselves into the bridal chamber than Theodora seized the groom and carried him off to another chamber, where in spite of his heartbroken protestations he was married to Chrysomallo’s daughter. This Chrysomallo had once been a dancer and later a courtesan, but at the time of this incident she was living in the Palace with another Chrysomallo and Indaro. For there it was that after abandoning woman’s oldest profession and the life of the theatre they had established their headquarters. When Saturninus had slept with his new bride and found that she had been deflowered, he informed one of his intimate friends that the girl he had married was nothing but damaged goods. When this comment came to Theodora’s ears, she said that he was showing off and had no right to be so puffed up, and ordered her servants to bend him over like any schoolboy. Then she gave his behind a fearsome beating and told him not to talk such nonsense in future.
  Procopius (c. 500 - c. 565), The Secret History (New York: Penguin Books, 1981). 128


Procopius is notoriously unreliable, and was prone to include what he thought were salacious and scandalous tidbits, whether they were accurate or not. He is the spiritual ancestor of the lower form of the modern "unauthorized" biography. However this quote does indicate that the idea of such a spanking was plausible, if scandalous, to a writer of his era.

In French pit villages the wives of striking miners confronted scabs and humiliated them by removing their trousers and spanking them.
  Lynn Abrams, The Making of Modern Woman (New York: Pearson Education Limited, 2002), 203.


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