Ø Allows heterosexual couples to marry and gain legal rights
Ø Radical feminists are against policies on marriage
Ø Argue that it results in patriarchal relationships and women’s’ oppression
Ø Greer argues that the bulk of the households is done by women for very little financial reward
Ø Functionalists and New Right see marriage as crucial to the stability of children
Ø Different roles of men and women are complementary and natural because they are based on biological differences.