Eliminating male chauvinism in a marriage

March 14, 2012

"The world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not fly." ~ 'Abdu'l-Baha

One of the challenges that many married people face is that of maintaining a marriage free of internal conflict. One of the most frequent causes of this conflict is the continuing existence of male chauvinism in society—the idea that men are superior to women.

In many work environments, this idea takes the form of inequalities such as less pay for women for the same work as men, or that a woman’s ideas are worth less than a man’s. When this idea infects a marriage, the result is endless conflicts as the husband attempts to dominate his wife, treating her ideas as inferior to his and trying to constantly impose his views on her, while she finds it necessary to stand up for her rights.

These conflicts will continue until the principle of the equality of men and women is recognized and accepted by both husband and wife. In practice the application of this principle takes on the form of loving and mutually respectful consultation between the husband and wife. It is a process in which both husband and wife have equal say in consulting and making decisions.

Indeed, if the principle of the equality of men and women were universally applied, many of the maladies affecting modern marriages such as abusive treatment of women, family dysfunctions, and high divorce rates would greatly disappear.

by Venustiano Olguin

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