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Sexism in the Wedding Vows?

by : Layla Osman
I found a Middle Ages wedding ceremony that included some interesting variations in the vows for the man and those for the woman. The differences are in italics.

The man would say, "I, (his name), take thee, (her name), to my wedded wife to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, for fairer or fouler,in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us depart, according to God's holy ordinance; and thereunto I plight thee my troth."

The woman would the say, "I, (her name), take thee, (his name), to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richeror poorer, in sickness and in health, to be bonny and buxom at bed and at board,to love and to cherish, till death us depart, according to God's holy ordinance; thereunto I plight thee my troth."

Very interesting, I thought. Also, many times, only the woman wore a ring, unless it was a "double-ring" ceremony.

Source: http:paul.spu.edu/~kst/bib/weddng.txt

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