Bertrand Russell, writing almost a century ago about English divorce laws, wrote they are based on these assumptions
- that sexual intercourse outside marriage is sin;
- that resentment of adultery by the “innocent” party is a righteous horror of wrong-doing;
- that his resentment, but nothing else, may be rightly regarded as making a common life impossible;
- that the poor have no right to fine feelings
On women and childbearing, he writes
Very large numbers of women, when they are sufficiently free to think for themselves, do not desire to have children, or at most desire one child in order not to miss the experience which a child brings. There are women who are intelligent and active-minded who resent the slavery to the body which is involved in having children. There are ambitious women, who desire a career which leaves no time for children. There are women who love pleasure and gaiety, and women who love the admiration of men; such women will at least postpone child-bearing until their youth is past. All these classes of women are rapidly becoming more numerous, and it may be safely assumed that their numbers will continue to increase for many years to come.
What are you are thoughts on these two issues, divorce and childbearing?