Well done Adrian. According to your theory of the Agricultural Age giving rise to the Patriarchy, did this necessarily coincide with women being treated as propery — a valuable addition to a man’s household? Weddings always had a transactional quality: the father handing the bride off to the husband, the payment of dowry to compensate for assumed protection, food and shelter costs, the white dress to certify purity of the ‘goods’ etc.

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