During our discussion of virginity and marriage this past Wednesday, I remembered an article that I had read in an edition of National Geographic. The article is titled “Too young to wed. The secret lives of child brides.” I must admit that while I felt I was somewhat informed about the marital traditions of other cultures, I was shocked at how young the brides in the article are. According to author Cynthia Gorney, the youngest bride-to-be was 5. I was at a loss for words when I read this and I noticed that as I continued to read, I became more and more disturbed, which is partly because Gorney writes in a manner that critiques the event and her distaste for it all is easily detected. While I do not wish to pass judgement on another culture’s traditions and practices, I do feel strongly about the idea of marrying off my 5 year old daughter to a middle-aged man.
Here is the article if anyone would like to read it in it’s entirety: