Miscellany:Abolition of the age of marriageability

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The age of marriageability should be abolished, by completely repealing Code of Virginia § 20-48. Fathers should be allowed to marry their daughters off, at whatever age they see fit, to husbands they deem suitable. Certainly the current age of marriageability in Virginia, of 18, is too high. In New Hampshire, the age of marriageability is 13 for women and 14 for men (although there is legislation pending to change that).

Traditionally, young women stayed under the guardianship of their fathers until their father transferred that guardianship to her husband when she got married. There was no period in which young women lived alone, as there often is now. The main reason for this is that women who live alone tend to be sexually promiscuous. Traditionally, non-virgins were generally considered unsuitable for marriage, for good reason.

We can expect that the legislation that Delegate Lingamfelter voted for, that increased the age of marriageability to 18, will lead to more young women getting abortions or giving up their kids for adoption, because the option of raising the child with the biological father, together as a married couple, has been removed.

Note that the age of marriageability is a very different issue from the age of consent. The point of why the age of consent was established was to preserve the marriage value of young women until they could be married off. There is no point in setting a minimum age of marriage based on a woman's ability to make informed decisions, since a woman does not need to consent to marriage; that is a decision for her father to make, as her guardian.

Marrying women off at younger ages could produce happier marriages, as women would remain attractive to their husbands for more years into the marriage than would otherwise be the case. There might be competition among fathers to marry their daughters off at younger and younger ages, so as to be able to find the best husband for her.

Similar Darwinian arguments apply here as what I made about abortion. Fathers who make bad decisions about whom to marry their daughters off to, will suffer a penalty in that their genes and memes will not be passed on as efficiently. This will tend to weed out of the population traits that cause poor decision making in guardianship.

Teenage women have raging hormones that need to be directed into productive channels (viz. marriage and children) in order to keep them out of trouble. They should be married off to a financially stable man (which there will be more of, after teenage men are liberated to enter the workforce — not that I think they should necessarily marry young women, but rather, when men are getting an earlier start in their careers, they will be spending more of their lives in a financial state that will allow them to support a family) and moving out of the home, so that they will not be a financial burden on their parents. This will further reduce the need for mothers to work, since they won't have their teenage daughters hanging around, eating their food, taking up space in their house (which requires a bigger house and therefore a bigger mortgage, and more income to make the payments) and asking for cars, clothes, smartphones, etc.

There will be less conflict between daughters and their parents when young women's focus is shifted from consumerism to being happy, thrifty mothers, and when it is husbands rather than parents who are taking on the role of providing for young women's needs and wants. The need for young women to rely on a husband (rather than parents) to buy them clothes, a car, etc. will give beta men a further advantage.

As more young women are diverted away from school and the workplace into the homes of loving husbands, there will be fewer cars and school buses clogging up the roads, the environment will be cleaner (because of fewer women living alone and needing to have their own separate resource-consuming homes, appliances, etc.), children will be healthier (because of younger women's lower risk of genetic defects) and better cared for, crime rates will go down (as children are better-supervised and their energies are channeled into more more productive uses), there will be fewer divorces (as women, absent from the workplace, have less opportunity to be tempted into extramarital affairs, and less incentive to break up the marriage they're financially dependent on). Society will, generally, be happier and healthier, as civilization becomes more compatible with human biological imperatives.

The marrying off of girls can be considered a form of "youth liberation," since women often feel freer to do what they want when they're married and away from parents, than when they're living under their parents' roof. For example, they can fulfill their urges to have sex and babies without it being considered fornication and bastardry.

State senator Jill Vogel noted, "A child who's 13 and pregnant — it's rarely the case that the 13-year-old is marrying a 17-year-old. It's more often the case that it is a child marrying somebody decades older than they are." If we have robust marriage laws that punish disloyal spouses, it is actually desirable that she marry an older man. He will be more likely to be both able and required to provide for her, and statistically, his age will make him less likely to beat her.

Abolishing the age of marriageability helps increase the population in two ways[edit]

The first way that abolishing the age of marriageability helps increase the population, is by allowing women to produce more children during their most fertile years. Another way is by decreasing the number of years between generations. Suppose there are two nations, Ruritania and Walldavia. In Ruritania, women produce 2 baby girls at age 15. In Walldavia, women produce 2 baby girls at age 30:

Year Number of baby girls born in:
Ruritania Walldavia
2000 1 1
2015 2 0
2030 4 2
2045 8 0
2060 16 4
2075 32 0
2090 64 8

As you can see, the population of Ruritania multiplies much more quickly, even though the fertility rate is the same in both countries.

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