Sunday, December 03, 2006

Marriage Age

I was happy to know that the average marriage age for women in Jordan went up to 27. I hope that it will go up to something like 29 or 30. Women need to work more before they get married and Jordan really needs to put the breaks on population growth.

I did not get the chance to check the main reason for the increase in the average marriage age, but I am willing to bet that the cause is more economic than it is social. Yes I think that more people are dating today and more women are working and slightly delaying marriage, but the economic situation probably did cause more men to delay marriage until they can secure the ridiculous financial requirements of marriage in Jordan.

One step that the government should take to help reduce the population growth rate is to increase the legal marriage age to something like 21. I am sure many people would want to hang me over such a suggestion, but if the government assumes that people will listen to what the TV advertising says and use birth control, that will not work.

I am willing to bet that at least one quarter of Jordanian men will not stop impregnating their women until they get a male child. There is nothing any TV advertising or other mass media campaign can to do change the mind of such people. A possible tactic the government could use is to tax people who have more than 2-3 children. Of course this should not be applied retroactively. And if that does not work, the government should put these people in jail for acting so irresponisbley.

I know these suggestions are very radical and fascist on my part, but it can take tens of years for social habits to change on their own, especially in a country like Jordan. By then the Jordanian population would have doubled or tripled and it would be too late

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7 Comments:

Blogger Hani said...

This is interesting to know!

But why do you think that we should start to control population in Jordan?! Come on man, I think we should even get as more jordanians childs as we could! Our population is already small, and we only have the human resources as the main income for the country... right?!

ok, people dont have money to educate their kids and take good care of them, but still they will need as many kids as they can so those can help their parents in few years time.

5:44 AM  
Blogger Mohammed Raei said...

What!!!!???

We have no oil, no water, no nothing.

The current water levels allow most people to shower just once or twice a week and that is very little. If the population is to double, everyone would stink.

That is one of the reasons we need to keep our population small.

In agricultural societies people have more kids to help the with agriculture. In post modern societies less is better, not more.

7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure gay marriages will help with the population growth as well!

8:33 PM  
Blogger Joe Kalis said...

Hey, i would have to agree with Mohammed on this. Jordan is the world's th driest nation. It is also home to over million Palestinians who are still under efugee status. There is an estimate of over one million Iraqis now. The country cannot handle any more people.

It is estimated that by the year 2025, Jordan's water resources will no longer be adequate for the population.

The government cannot do much to reduce the increase in population, because high birthrates are due to cultural and religious reasons. However, the governemnt does allow for contreceptive use, which i believe is a great way of reducing population growth.

And Hani,humans that lack resources and live in poverty are not resources to a country. And the whole human resource thing is i believe just something we tell ourselves to feel better. if people were such a good resource then why are a lot of jobs in jordan taken up by foreigners

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well I agree but I think the list inform should prepare more info then it has.

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Sabreen said...

Can you tell me where you got your statistics from? I'm working on a project and I'm having a hard time finding the average marital age in Jordan. Thank you

3:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with idea of delaying marriage age as we all know the consequences. I believe Men should get married between 25 and 30 at the latest and women 25 or less. I support the idea that the rich gulf countries should take responsibility for the Palestinian and Iraqi refugees. Jordan is limited on resources and jobs and these should be secured for only Jordanians.

One million Iraqis and One million Palestinians!!! WHY? Because of corruption in Jordanian government and the people let it happen and continue to happen.

7:55 PM  

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