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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. I wasn’t all that impressed with the “Gaming Mr. Darcy” article. Marriage has always mainly been an economic proposition. And it’s hardly news that, for most of history, people chose their spouses (or had them chosen for them) based on an unromantic evaluation of the social and economic benefits (and costs) of the candidates. Isn’t that what “a good catch” means? It was especially so for women in those times when women’s fortunes (except maybe those in the poorest classes) depended utterly upon the ability and willingness of their husbands to provide for them. (Edith Wharton’s _House_of_Mirth_ comes to mind.)

    Economic considerations still play a role. The main reason you see so many unwed mothers among the poorest classes (at least in the USA) is that it doesn’t make economic sense for them to marry. Both partners are better able to provide for themselves, and the mothers for their children, if they _don’t_ hitch themselves to someone else.

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