One of the first images that comes to mind at mention of a nontraditional proposal might be a couples female half making the first move, proposing marriage. But in an interview the other day, actress Angelina Jolie took the logic a step further, announcing that the only nuptial proposal shed consider would be a plea from her children. Jolie and live-in boyfriend Brad Pitt have been raising six children sans marriage since 2005. I think it would be hard to say no to the kids, Jolie said. Does the same go for Brad? (Im no entomologist, but I just may be hearing crickets.)
But dont get your celebrity-watching hopes up; Jolie also reported to Nightline that her kids, well, theyre not asking. They are very aware that nothings missing. Once again, nothing’s missinggot it? Sadly enough, sentiments like this seem to be the slight at marriage currently in voguenot divorce or unfaithfulness, but nihilism about marriage itself. If, as Jolie suggests, marriage doesnt amount to much in the real world, who needs it? Society responds with widespread cohabitation. I suppose theres yet another question we might pose to Jolie and those of her ideological ilk: If marriage doesnt add anything to a family, why is it so meaningful to promote it for same-sex couples and others who seek to change it?