Monday, 8 September 2008

Monkey Marriage

The zeitgeist moves on. At the turn of the 19th century, political activists were fighting to get slavery outlawed. Then, one century later, women suffragettes were struggling to get the right to vote. Today, of course, the very notions of slavery and “no votes for women” are utterly abhorrent. However, this does not hide the fact that such practices were once widely accepted by society.

So what about gay marriage? Is our refusal to deny gays the right to marry just another example of our ignorance and intolerance? Or should gays not be allowed to marry?

Well, whatever you believe, the tide seems to be turning.

So far six countries permit same sex unions – Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway (as of 1-1- 2009), South Africa and Spain. And in the US, gay marriage is allowed in two states: California and Massachusetts. But as for gay marriage recognition by other countries we might have to wait a little longer. Like 750 years in the case of Saudi Arabia for example.

But how far can the zeitgeist be pushed? Well quite far, actually.

And in China, they are really making strides with the legally recognized marriage between a 7-year-old male monkey named Wukong (R) and a 6-year old female monkey named Xiaoya. They got married on September 4, 2008 in a special “zoo ceremony”. So good luck to the newly weds. But where will they go for their honeymoon?

 Monkey Marriage


Virginia Harris said...

Time is marching on, but progress is not always linear...

Senator Clinton and Governor Palin are proof that women can and do diverge on important issues.

Even on the question of whether women should vote!

Most people are totally in the dark about HOW the suffragettes won votes for women, and what life was REALLY like for women before they did.

Suffragettes were opposed by many women who were what was known as 'anti.'

The most influential 'anti' lived in the White House. First Lady Edith Wilson was a wealthy Washington widow who married President Wilson in 1915.

Her role in Wilson's decision to jail and torture Alice Paul and hundreds of other suffragettes will never be fully known, but she was outraged that these women picketed her husband's White House.

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