Marriage, or something very much like it, is of critical importance in advanced societies. Sunshine Mary recently had a post pointing out the dangers of anthropological studies of primitive cultures. When I was a sophomore in high school – way back in the early 70s – I remember reading the same thing in Desmond Morris’ The Naked Ape. He felt that studying the sexual habits of primitive societies was useless because their sexual habits might be why they remained primitive.
No wonder Feminists get so excited about this sort of study. They’re barbarians.