On marriage

From the movie Frida:

Tina Modotti: I don’t believe in marriage.
[crowd laughs]
Tina Modotti: No, I really don’t. Let me be clear about that. I think at worst it’s a hostile political act, a way for small-minded men to keep women in the house and out of the way, wrapped up in the guise of tradition and conservative religious nonsense. At best, it’s a happy delusion – these two people who truly love each other and have no idea how truly miserable they’re about to make each other. But, but, when two people know that, and they decide with eyes wide open to face each other and get married anyway, then I don’t think it’s conservative or delusional. I think it’s radical and courageous and very romantic. To Diego and Frida.

Makes a lot of sense to a drunken me.

2 thoughts on “On marriage”

  1. Marriage is for people who would be more miserable apart than together. The bravery comes in when you get past the sex and romance and realize that you’re giving up some of your independence to build a joint dependence without a guarantee that it’ll work. Fortunately, there is lots of sex and romance to continue to keep it going, haha!

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