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Marriage Essay

1118 words - 5 pages

Why Get Married?

By Abdulla

As the human race has evolved through the ages, so has the institution of marriage. According to an article published on BBC news, titled the ten key “moments in history of marriage”, many Anglo-Saxons and early British tribes used marriage as a tool to build strategic alliance in the realms of diplomacy and trade. With the advent of the Roman Catholic Church, the notion of marriage evolved and theologian began to view it as a sacred ceremony that was done in the presence of the Almighty. This position was further strengthened by the council of Trent in 1593 when marriage was officially deemed as one the seven sacraments. Then as the role of the church in ...view middle of the document...

On the other hand, men had traditionally taken wives as they served as house maker, a need that no longer exists in the wake of modern technology and the general societal shift away from established gender roles. Given this situation, why is it the people still want to get married? The answer to this question is very simple, “Love.” Studies show that both men and women view marriage very differently, with men wanting to get married when they have a sense of direction of their careers, are financially stable and have stable jobs or businesses. For women on the other hand, it is more important who they marry rather and the person’s stature and position is life comes secondary. At the same time sociologists have noted social pressure plays an integral role in a couple’s decision to get married. In western societies, this social pressure comes when an individual sees his friends getting married where is in eastern and Middle Eastern cultures this pressure come from the family. It is interesting to note that the article mentions that although love is still the underlying reason why young couples choose to get married, the average marriage age for both men and women is on the rise, with the average woman getting married at the age of 26 instead of 22 in the 1970 and the average age for a man to get married rising from 25 to 28 in the same period.
While doing research for this essay another very interesting article that I came about was “All but the Ring: Why some couples do not wed.”, which talks about a new social phenomenon sweeping western societies, committed unmarried (CUs).According to the article there are a increasing number of people, specially in western societies that are willing to commit to a partner without legally getting their relation recognized through marriage certificate. According to figures presented in the article, un married couples are 8 times higher in the United States today as they were in 1970 and nearly 40% of the babies that were born in the United States were born to unmarried mother a figure that was up from 25% in 2002. Given these numbers, one begs to as the question as to what has caused this general societal shift away from the institution of marriage? The...

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