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Published: Saturday, Aug. 16 2014 5:30 a.m. MDT

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JJ1094
Saratoga, UT

Marrying at an early age is detrimental to a child developing fully into an adult. However, I often question when some social "experts" observe two facts such as marrying at an early age and poverty and then make the lead to a conclusion of cause. It leads the whole argument into the theoretical.

The argument could equally be made that countries, societies, or cultures that have high incidences of child marriage lead to increased poverty and lower education. One does not necessarily correlate to the other as a cause.

Are stories like these really about an interesting fact or an attempt to continue the social engineering of our own youth?

Sitizen
Statesville, NC

JJ1094 ...Ah, but the two examples could very well correlate. Who would be raising the next generation but children them selves, ill equipped to teach the next generation.

I cannot believe how much this goes on and how terrible and cowardly it is for men to brutalize young women. It's just barbaric in my opinion, no room for mutual love and respect in relationships formed under these circumstances, but it doesn't seem like those qualities are high on the list of priorities in these countries...

Kronk
Blackfoot, ID

JJ1094,
I don't think this story was presented as "an interesting fact," nor do I think that confronting the problem of forced child brides is "social engineering." In fact, I think that this is one of the few issues so wrong, so disturbing, that almost everyone would unite in agreeing that it is wrong, liberals and conservatives alike. Don't you think it is a serious enough issue that it should be addressed? You imply that we should just leave it alone and let girls be forced into unwanted underage marriages. I don't think so.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

After puberty, the body is configured to reproduce and the sexual attraction to motivate the person to do this is now there. The sexual attraction is natures way of saying its time to go find a mate. If other cultures choose to adhere closely to nature in this matter this really shouldn't be considered a problem.

riverofsun
St.George, UT

cjb,
Are you serious, or just seeing if you can get a rise out of female readers?
Hoping it is the second choice.

Kronk
Blackfoot, ID

CJB

It is not a matter of sexual attraction. It is a matter of forced marriage. This is not difficult concept! Forced marriage is wrong, especially when it involves innocent defenseless 12-year-olds marrying 45-y/o uncles. I cannot even believe anyone is writing to defend this practice.

cjb
Bountiful, UT

Re Kronk

Forced Marriage is bad.

My comments were a response to the title of this article, which needed responded to, i. e. "One is 9 girls in the world get married before age 15". My response being so what? That's not enough information given here to make a judgement. Were these girls in love? and did they want to get married? needs to be answered.

Much of the world today and our own ansestors in the past got married earlier than we do now. We are the ones who have changed. The fact that we now see things differently does not make them bad and us good. Or perhaps the opposite because we have become very judgemental along with our 'experts' in spite of evidence staring us in the face that our way is not what nature intended.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

About 20 years ago the LDS Relief Society had a program to teach LDS women in the 3rd world countries how to read. I wish that there had been more talk about how that worked.

The best way to improve infant mortality is to teach women to read.

JJ1094
Saratoga, UT

I think it would be "social engineering" if our great philosophers and sociologists from the West try to project their beliefs, standards, and sense of what is best upon the rest of the world. As pointed out - the title of the article is ‘1 in 9 girls marry before age 15, and here's what to do about it’ which does not stipulate any portion of those '1 in 9' as being "forced" or any portion of those "in love". It is also not the point of the article show how bad forced marriage is "before 15, "at 15" or at "30". It is simply that marriage below 15 has an effect on increasing poverty.

But as Tekakaromatagi points out, education has a greater impact of eliminating poverty - even more I think that whether a girl waits until 15 or more to marry.

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