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Dana Goldstein slaps some sense into the rest of the Internet:

Are later marriages a bad thing? No. Economic stability and higher education are leading predictors of successful marriages, and both take time to acquire. Couples who marry before the age of 25 are twice as likely to divorce as couples who marry after 25. Avoiding divorce is good for both children and adults. Duh.

Now, if you're familiar at all with basic human biology, you ought to realize that a society in which there is over a decade gap between puberty and marriage will be a society in which there is rampant pre-marital sex. I know we're supposed to believe that premarital sex was completely taboo as recently as the mid-1960s, but I have news for those of you who don't watch "Mad Men:" The hippies didn't invent sex, ya'll. Guttmacher Institute surveys show that even among women born in the early 1940s, eight out of ten had premarital sex before the age of 25.

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