Our society is constantly trying to redefine marriage. Some of these new marriage definitions include same sex marriages or even simply a looser definition of the terms of marriage. Others have taken to redefining marriage as something that is no longer between two humans.
June 17, 2013 was Jodi Rose’s wedding day. It was a beautiful day in Southern France and like any other bride, Jodi wore a white dress and held a bouquet. Family and friends gathered to celebrate the occasion with the couple. Flower petals were thrown and a photographer was there to capture the celebration. Both Jodi and her partner received rings and a marriage certificate was presented.
This sounds like a relatively normal wedding celebration, however, when you look at who – or what – it was that Jodi was marrying, it is clear that this was not like just any other wedding. On June 17, Jodie and the Le Pont du Diable, a 600 year old bridge, were married.
Jodi is an Australian artist who first met her bridge husband while working on a “Singing Bridges” project in which she traveled to bridges around the world recording the vibrations of bridge cables. She speaks lovingly of her husband, describing him as “sturdy, trustworthy, sensual, kind and handsome.” Jodi even talks of the romance between them and the bridge’s embrace.
This is not the only instance of a marriage between a person and an inanimate object. People have married roller coasters, trains, video game characters, a rock, a pillow, a radio, and even the Berlin Wall, Twin Towers, and Eiffel Tower have been married. This emotional and often romantic desire for inanimate objects is called object sexuality.
Jodi denies that her love for her bridge is of this nature. She states on her blog, “While I respect those whose romantic and sexual feelings are oriented towards objects, mine is a symbolic affair, a pagan / animist view of the spiritual vibration in everything.” This does not necessarily separate her from object sexuality marriages, however.
These marriages are not legally recognizes as legitimate marriages, however, those involved in them consider these marriages to be just like any other. In the past, this definition of marriage never would have been accepted. This conception of marriage, is strictly emotional. There is no actual mutuality between the couples nor benefits or products for the whole of society.
Throughout history, family has been the basic social unit of society. This is because of what the family is able to offer to the society, namely the children and goods and services that they produce. Within these object sexuality marriages, there is no contribution to society as a whole. It is a purely emotional and individual marriage in which it only serves the good of the person involved in the marriage.
This fascinating phenomenon is not necessarily accepted by all in today’s society, but there is certainly room for it in the loosest understandings of marriage. With the lack of a collective understanding of what marriage is, it is difficult for society to prohibit or to even teach the proper understanding of what marriage is. As the fight for same-sex marriage and other forms of marriage become more prevalent, our society is going to be forces to better define and understand marriage and the implications that it has on the family and society as a whole.
- Huffington Post Jodi Rose, Australian Artist, Marries 600-Year-Old French Bridge Le Pont De Diable http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/03/jodi-rose-marries-bridge-_n_3542775.html#slide=2655029
- Buzzfeed 10 People in Love with Inanimate Objects http://www.buzzfeed.com/natgeo/10-people-in-love-with-inanimate-objects-5n1c