Interessante artigo no NY Times de hoje: The Heterosexual Revolution, por Stephanie Coontz.
(…) Traditional marriage, with its 5,000-year history, has already been upended. Gays and lesbians, however, didn’t spearhead that revolution: heterosexuals did.
Heterosexuals were the upstarts who turned marriage into a voluntary love relationship rather than a mandatory economic and political institution. Heterosexuals were the ones who made procreation voluntary, so that some couples could choose childlessness, and who adopted assisted reproduction so that even couples who could not conceive could become parents. And heterosexuals subverted the long-standing rule that every marriage had to have a husband who played one role in the family and a wife who played a completely different one. Gays and lesbians simply looked at the revolution heterosexuals had wrought and noticed that with its new norms, marriage could work for them, too. (…)
A pintura acima é Portrait of Giovanni Arnolfini and his wife, por Jan Van Eyck, 1434. O professor Allen Farber direciona uma interessante discussão sobre essa obra em Jan Van Eyck’s Arnolfini “Wedding” Portrait.