The pertinent comparison to make is with Western 14, 15, and 16 years olds, who, due to circumstance, are sexualized by peer pressure, the influence of pop culture, fashion, sex education, and so on.
Look at the pressure “sexting” culture puts on children and how the internet and cell phone technology have dramatically changed youth sexuality in the West.
My point with this post is to highlight some of the double standards and unfair caricaturing Western media engages in in their portrayal of cultures they believe to be inferior.
But absent that context, what is inherently wrong with getting married young?
What exactly is it that makes contemporary Western norms superior?
Link: https:// Spare me the sad bride pictures, Washington Post Comparing “child marriage” in countries like Bangladesh to marriage in the US or Western Europe — where the average age of marriage is in the late 20s and early 30s — is comparing apples and oranges.
This article is at pains to portray 14, 15, and 16 year olds as innocent little children forced into an institution against their will.
In fact, it’s healthy, empowering, and all but encouraged by parents, schools, and society at large.
But if a 15 year old gets married in Bangladesh, that is a “heartbreaking,” “infuriating” violation of a girl’s dignity.Year 7-Healthy Relationships Year 8-Basic Consent Year 9-Gender and Sexuality Year 10-Teenage Relationship Abuse Year 11-Sexual Consent This resource is only available for Manchester Schools Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”).It is a form of child abuse and violence against women.Ironically, it is precisely that context of casual sex being imported from Western sources that is scaring traditional families into wanting their children, and especially their daughters, married at a young age, whereas before, there may have been more of an allowance for education.Point being, this is a complex issue but the Washington Post prefers to push a highly ethnocentric, simplistic narrative punctuated with manipulative pictures of one particular bride’s wedding.I am sure that nowadays there are many brides in countries like Bangladesh that truly do feel miserable and coerced to have to get married at 15. They arise in context of a society that has, through the influence of satellite TV and internet, adopted Western cultural norms, norms that portray being a teenager as a time for casual dating, boyfriend/girlfriend relations, and so on.