Teens dating traditions
“In American marriages, as they have evolved, the ideal is to marry by mutual consent and build first and foremost a relationship,” said Everett.“Among some Amazonian societies, the marriage relationship is first an economic partnership, with clear division of labor, from which a relationship may develop,” he said.
“Among more religious societies, such as rural Catholic in southern Mexico, there is some overlap with the Amazonian.
Millennials are saying no to traditional marriage in record numbers…and that’s not all.
In Western culture in the late 18th century, marriage transformed from an economic arrangement into a union based on love. The median age at first marriage is now 27 for women and 29 for men — up from 20 for women and 23 for men in 1960.
Margaret Mead, a woman well ahead of her time, threw this notion out in the 1960s; in 2002, journalist and author, Pamela Paul, wrote a book on starter marriages, and; in 2011, Mexico City proposed laws supporting two-year renewable marriage contracts.Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia.“It doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, white, black or Hispanic. The challenge, then, facing the United States is bridging the gap between the nearly universal aspiration to marry and the growing inability of poor and working-class Americans to access marriage,” said Wilcox.