So the term ‘‘Child Marriage’’ is often used to refer to arranged marriages between children and adults and sometimes children and children. It is widely viewed as an extreme abuse of human rights.
I do agree that the act of forcing children to marry other children or older adults is inherently immoral but I do believe that children can consent to marrying other children just as I believe that children are more capable of romantic and sexual actions and pretty much anything then we give them credit for.
In 2016, a 14-year-old couple was consensually married in an act of true love in Yunnan, China. After an article was published about it, reactions from western readers were very negative, to say the least.
The general complaints focused around the concept that neither 14 year old was capable of consenting to marriage because neither of them was ‘‘mature enough’’ to understand what love is.
Others cited China’s ‘‘problematic communist economy’’, poor education or fascist political system on the cause of their marriage.
Respectfully, I will call bullshit on that.
The fact that both of these teenagers were consensually married implies that both of them were capable of consenting to marriage, teens know what love is, they know what marriage is and if you take away all the unnecessary religious and ceremonial stuff from marriage, all you get is a legal agreement. In reality, marriage is an outdated concept. A very close unmarried couple can do pretty much anything that a married couple can except receive tax benefits and those aren’t even a universal standard.
Overall I believe that children are more than capable of consenting to marriage and rather than pushing to stop child marriage. We should push to stop arranged marriages involving children.