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Written by Lynn
(9/21/2006 9:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Some musings on age differences., penned by Barbara
Perhaps the age difference is not so much a function of whether the husband should guide the wife, etc as of a man wanting a younger wife in order to have children? Despite evidence to the contrary, wasn't there a bit of a belief that a woman in her late 20s was too old to have children? Or at least too old to be having a first child? Just a guess on my part.
Another guess is that there was more of a pervading belief that men must sow their wild oats before marrying, hence an older age when they first marry?
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