I Now Pronounce You Man and– WHAT?
When you think of child marriage, you probably don’t think about a modern-day issue, or at least not one that affects Americans.
Instead, you may think of foreign cultures or antiquated traditions involving family names, dowries, and controlling parents who completely mandate their child’s destiny. Though children were commonly married throughout history–especially for reproductive purposes within powerful families at a time when life expectancy was much lower–today, statistics show that Americans are marrying later than ever.
Still, the sad truth is that children across the world are getting married at ages 15, 12, and even younger, often to partners much older than themselves. Whether for social, familial, or economic means, it’s hard to believe that kids–especially girls–are having their entire lives cut out for them by adults long before they’ve even realized their own potential.
If you still don’t think child marriage is a problem in the United States, think again. This social experiment stunned New Yorkers by showing a fake child marriage photo shoot taking place in Times Square– the onlookers’ reactions are not what you might expect.