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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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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course PYSC 301 taught by Professor Bessellieu during the Fall '09 term at South Carolina.
- Fall '09