“But Back in the Day… It was Impossible for a Man to Make Breakfast”

I’ve already made a few posts regarding my observations on the experiences of women in rural Morocco, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it might serve me to take a break from writing second-hand analyses of their situation. Instead, I want to let their own words take center stage. Here is my first interview, hopefully there will be more to come. 

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The Case for Early Marriage

In the States, we tend to see the existence of child brides as an indicator of backwardness of a culture. Many of us have this hackneyed stereotype in our minds of a 15 year old being forced by her parents to marry a strange and cruel older man. And while this does happen in the world, and far too often, I want to add texture and depth to the image of the child bride. I want to dig into the incentives which cause many young women to not only agree to marriage, but to seek it out for themselves.

In Morocco, as of 2004, one legally must be of at least 18 years to marry, but unfortunately, this law hasn’t done much to stop the practice of early marriage. According to UNICEF’s “State of the World’s Children,” about 16% of girls in Morocco are married before the age of 18.  While it’s hard to know the accuracy of these statistics, from the slice of the country that I’ve experienced, 16% seems about right. In fact, at the very first and only wedding I’ve been to here, the bride was only sixteen, and no one seemed to blink an eye.

Please take my following observations with a grain of salt, as they certainly cannot contain the whole picture. I have by no means seen the whole country, and am well aware that circumstances vary widely between the countryside and the cities, and the north and the south. Also, with language and cultural barriers, I am aware that it is impossible for me to understand such a complex situation completely. Here are what I see to be the reasons that inspire girls to marry young:

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