5 Forever Single

commitment / committed relationship
monogamy / monogamous
arranged marriage
same-sex marriage
maternity / paternity leave
nuclear family
extended family

  • What are Angela's reasons for wanting to stay single? What do you think of her reasons? Can you think of more?
  • What are some reasons people get married?
  • What are good reasons and what are bad reasons for getting married?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of getting married? Of staying single? Consider both heterosexual and homosexual couples.
  • Do you want to get married? Explain why or why not - in detail.
  • For you, how important is "love" in a marriage? Do you think that's typical?
  • What are some of the ways marriage has changed over the years?
  • Think about current trends. How will marriage change in the future? (Hint: Examine your parent's marriage, a traditional marriage, the kind of marriage you imagine for yourself in the future.) How will your marriage be different from your parents' marriage? How will more freedom for LBGTQ individuals and couples chnage marriage?
  • How long do you think it wll be until Japan recognizes same-sex marriages?
  • What do you think makes a good marriage? A bad marriage?
  • Complete Step 1 and 2 on p. 29. Compare and discuss with others in your group.
  • Role play: A small, personal university friends reunion lunch: any combination of happy/unhappy married/single/divorced, any sexual orientation.
  • Other experiences, stories, research...


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