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Unformatted text preview: Understanding Marriage Understanding Marriage • Marriage as a religious / sacred act • Marriage as a legal act • Marriage as a social union • Emotional component • Sexual/faithfulness component State Alabama California Hawaii Kansas Louisiana Missouri Ohio Rhode Island Texas Washington Mississippi State Marriage Laws State Marriage Laws Minimum Age State may Marry with Consent 14 No limits 15 M­14, F 12 18 15 M­18, F­16 M­18, F­16 14 17 No limits Arkansas Delaware Indiana Kentucky Massachusetts New Hampshire Oregon South Carolina Utah West Virginia Nebraska Minimum Age May Marry with Consent M­17, F­16 M­18, F­16 17 18 M­14, F­12 M­14, F­13 17 M­16, F­14 14 18 17 Marital Types Marital Types Monogamy A two­person marriage Sexually exclusive Expectation of emotional exclusivity Monogamism – belief that monogamy is the only appropriate type of marriage Polygamy ­More than one marriage partner Polygamy ­ Polygyny ­ Polyandry – Polygyny Polygyny “Advantages “ • • • • • Availability of automatic childcare Men who have already proven themselves as mates Lack of pressure to commit adultery Availability of a female friend for life Potential of three adult incomes • Polyamory – one or both spouses adopt the option to sexually love others in addition to their spouses. • Swinging ­ couples exchange partners to engage in recreational sex Subcultures with Norms Subcultures with Norms Contrary to Sexual Exclusivity Cenogamy Cenogamy – – – Often referred to as group marriage Allows intercourse among all of its members Found in communal living arrangements ...
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