In modern times, emphasis on the institution of marriage, generally described as a male-female bond, has obscured pair bonds formed by same-sex and transsexual couples, and that many heterosexual couples also bond for life without offspring, or that often pairs that do have offspring separate.
Thus, the concept of marriage is changing widely in many countries. Historically, marriages in most societies were arranged by parents and older relatives with the goal not being love but legacy and ""economic stability and online dating rockabilly alliances"", according to anthropologists. While pair-bonds of varying forms were recognized by most societies as acceptable social arrangements, marriage was reserved for heterosexual pairings and had a transactional nature, where wives were in many cases a form of property being exchanged between father and husband, and who would have to serve the function of reproduction.
Communities exerted pressure on people to form pair-bonds in places such as Europe ; in Chinasociety ""demanded people get married before having a sexual relationship""  and many societies found that some formally recognized bond between a man and a woman was the best way of rearing and educating children as well as helping to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings regarding competition for mates. Generally, during much of recorded history of humans in civilization, and into the Middle Ages in Europeweddings were seen as business arrangements between families, while romance was something that happened outside of marriage discreetly, such as covert meetings.
From about a worldwide movement perhaps described as the ""empowerment of the individual"" took hold, leading towards greater emancipation of women and equality of individuals. Men and women became more equal politically, financially, and socially in many nations.
Women eventually won the right to vote in many countries and own property and receive equal treatment by the lawand these changes had profound impacts on the relationships between men and women. In many societies, individuals could decideвon their ownвwhether they should marry, whom they should marry, and when they should marry.
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