Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The freedom to marry young

Here is a link to another very interesting article, relevant to this week's book chapters, this time from the Washington Post, about reconsidering the age of getting married, which I first found on Carolyn McCulley's website at Radical Womanhood. The article was then later actually reproduced in the Sydney Morning Herald.

In my research on young adults' romantic relationships, many women report feeling peer pressure to avoid giving serious thought to marriage until they're at least in their late 20s. If you're seeking a mate in college, you're considered a pariah, someone after her "MRS degree." Actively considering marriage when you're 20 or 21 seems so sappy, so unsexy, so anachronistic. Those who do fear to admit it -- it's that scandalous.

How did we get here? ...

And those of us who are not so young anymore, who might think we knew this and would have acted on it given the opportunity, can read Carolyn's additional paragraph at the end of her post.

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