There were a few interesting quotes in this article about the benefits of marriage — um, too bad gay people are denied those benefits in most of the country/world — but the one that stuck out to me the most was this: “Evidence shows the optimal time for men to marry seems to be after the age of 25, whereas for women it is between 19 and 25 years,” [an academic in England] said.
Wow, really?? I know I get flack for my attitude toward early twenty-something relationships (hi, AnitaBath), and I’ll concede that part of that is simply cultural (I’ve spent the last 10 years in big cities where people simply don’t settle down that early), but I still find it hard to believe that 19 is an optimal age for a woman to marry. Twenty-five? Sure, fine. But, 19? Optimal? What the fuck. I could barely recite the alphabet when I was that age. Ah, Zima, I remember you fondly.