Mexicans rejecting sexist wedding vows

This is pretty cool:

For 147 years, marriage vows in Mexico portrayed women as delicate, weak and potentially annoying.
These days, judges across Mexico are switching to versions that stress equality and mutual support, reflecting the growing power of women in a country still struggling with macho attitudes.

The old vows say that a husband should treat his wife with a “generous benevolence that the strong should give to the weak” and that a woman should “avoid awakening the most brusque, irritable and hard part” of her husband’s personality. So no nagging, ladies!
Younger couples are opting for vows that are less, you know, stupid.

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2 Comments

  1. Messy Jessi
    Posted August 1, 2006 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Good. My friend Frida moved back to Mexico and started living with her fiance and his family. She said that she noticed that after awhile, Victor’s mom started assuming some of Frida’s more librated attitudes and standing up for herself a little bit more. Step by step.

  2. Erin
    Posted August 3, 2006 at 1:00 am | Permalink

    LOL.
    “Less, you know, stupid.”
    Good for Mexico. I’m always reminded of Laura Ingalls telling her fiance she didn’t want to promise to “obey” him. They had to write new vows.

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