Fun Facts #2: Marriage

#1: Couples who cohabit before marriage are more likely to divorce than those who wait.

#2: There are 100 divorces every hour in the US.

#3: A law in 2013 in Iran allows men to marry their 13 year old adopted daughters.

#4: Inter-racial marriage is banned in the US from 1776 to 1967.

#5: 69% of marriage in Ethiopia occur through abduction.

Given these facts on marriage, what are the implications in terms of gender and race? It appears that marriage does not seem to be the choice of women in some places in the world #3 and #5. Marriage being a social construct in which the rules and norms change according to the context of society’s values?