August 21. “It is not done in our culture for a man to sweep the house and serve his wife and family at table. I could never act like a servant,” one man announced. “What will my friends think,” he added. “Are our gender stereotypes determined by others, or do we make our own decisions?” “They say peer pressure is great on young people, but I think it is just as hard for us men,” Most of the men agreed and one added, “Also in polygamous families how can a father be fully available to a larger number of wives and children?”
He who is greatest among you shall be your servant; whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:12.
Pope Francis: Some societies still maintain the practice of polygamy; in other places arranged marriages endure. In many places the practise of living together before marriage is widespread, as well as cohabitation which totally excludes any intention to marry. Legislation facilitates a variety of alternatives to marriage with the result that the characteristics of exclusivity, indissolubility and openness to life appear old-fashioned. AL53. Pope Benedict observed that the book of nature is one and indivisible and includes the environment, life, sexuality, the family and social relations. The misuse of creation begins when we no longer recognise any higher instance than ourselves, when we see nothing else but ourselves. LS 6