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It must surely not have been too long ago right? Does anyone have any data on this?

The grandmother of one of my friends was 14 when she married my friend's grandfather... My friend's grandfather was 32 when he got married to a 14 year old teenager girl that would become my friend's grandmother...

This was around 53 years ago since my friend's grandma is 67 years old now...

By most people's standards today my friend's grandpa would be considered a pedophile ( or hebephile for those who prefer more technical terms but either way it would be considered HIGHTLY inappropriate in most of society's eyes today! ) but my friend told me that it was " normal " back when this marriage happened...

So when did it became taboo when this was so common not too long ago apparently?

Do you think the Second Wave of Feminism may have helped turn this into the taboo it is today?

I think an advancement of neurological studies may have helped too as it became more and more clear to science that teenagers have different brains from adults when many cultures did not recognize that adolescence was even a thing until very recently apparently I heard...

Do you know any similar cases to my friend's grandma in your families or friends's families by the way?

I'm just astonished by how recent this all was... Not even 60 years ago...

It must surely not have been too long ago right? Does anyone have any data on this? The grandmother of one of my friends was 14 when she married my friend's grandfather... My friend's grandfather was 32 when he got married to a 14 year old teenager girl that would become my friend's grandmother... This was around 53 years ago since my friend's grandma is 67 years old now... By most people's standards today my friend's grandpa would be considered a pedophile ( or hebephile for those who prefer more technical terms but either way it would be considered HIGHTLY inappropriate in most of society's eyes today! ) but my friend told me that it was " normal " back when this marriage happened... So when did it became taboo when this was so common not too long ago apparently? Do you think the Second Wave of Feminism may have helped turn this into the taboo it is today? I think an advancement of neurological studies may have helped too as it became more and more clear to science that teenagers have different brains from adults when many cultures did not recognize that adolescence was even a thing until very recently apparently I heard... Do you know any similar cases to my friend's grandma in your families or friends's families by the way? I'm just astonished by how recent this all was... Not even 60 years ago...

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This is actually a little known phenomenon because a lot of pervy men love to think they could have been marring children in the medieval ages but it is not true. In history there is a theory called European Marriage Pattern (EMP) which explains how Europe acted in a different way than other societies in their tendency to self control the growth of population by marrying its youth late. It was actually normal to marry in your early tweenties (aproximately 22 for women and 25 for men) most of the time as the best way to not have too many children that couldn't be fed and result in food shortages and mass diseases that are common in over populated societies. It is theorized this was one of the factors that lead to superior advancement of european societies. It was always seen as a "bad" but acceptable thing for older men to marry young (normaly political alliances or rich men marrying poor girls). In my society it was traditional like 100 years back from now that if a men did something like that all the village would go with bells to make a lot of noise the night of the wedding. So in Europe it was rare to marry very young girls, there are other socities (Muslims especially) where it sadly is the norm, in the sense that 60 % or more marriages are child bride marriages in places like Sudan.