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    So what if children are the primary reason why marriage exists. They are, you know.
    Many years ago I read about some researchers trying to figure out if there were ONE reason that every society recognized some form of marriage.  I think it was recounted in Sarah Hrdy's book "Mother Nature," but I couldn't swear to it.  Anyway, no matter the argument for marriage, somewhere, at some time, they could find a society that didn't feel that was a reason for marriage.  Yes, in some societies, procreation was the primary reason for marriage.  In others, it didn't matter if you were married or not for you to procreate.  In some, men and women lived together after marriage.  In others, they didn't.  Etc.

    Finally, the researchers were left with only one reason that they could find NO exceptions to, and that was that marriage gives you in-laws.  In other words, it widens your social network.  If the researchers did their research right, then the primary reason why marriage exists is to give us a wider range of people to exploit for our own survival.  

    "Shit-dripping pond scum" may not advance the English language but it shows people are working to see our common tongue doesn't stagnate at some elitist level.

    by Ratmum on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 01:22:57 PM PDT

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    •  IIRC the most recent respectable (0+ / 0-)

      social anthro book about marriage says: its point is merger of two (usually otherwise competing/hostile) families.

      All the romance, procreation, passing on of property, and all that can be and historically often was done outside of marriage.

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