There is a lot of hype going on in the media today about what marriage should be, and what its classically been, arguments have been made that people in the bible had multiple wives, others say that this is a sin against God and was an example for what not to do. But they still had the opportunity to do it.
Sexual liberties have ebbed and flowed like the tide, I've seen movies about sex through ages indicating that Roman lifestyle -especially among the social elite- consisted of a man and wife and their lovers, sometimes male and male, sometimes female and female, and sometimes a wild orgy.
This past weekend I was given the opportunity to visit a "Swingers Club." I went down to the pool area with my lover, and we proceeded to swim amongst perhaps 20-30 nude people throughout the night. Some were making love, some were simply chatting, some were watching, some were simply enjoying the nudity and relaxed atmosphere. The strangest thing to me was how natural and normal it all seemed. There was no hypes or stigmas, no one cared who was doing who or how. It was relaxed and quiet and easy.
Love is a different beast to each person, it means something different to everyone, and it holds special meaning in different ways to all.
Romeo and Juliet are considered classic love, and yet it was between two adolescents. Juliet was betrothed to someone she barely knew and it was accepted and the "norm." By today's standards if a daughter of 14 was being told by her parents that she was to marry someone she had never met in their mid to late twenties it would be considered abuse or at the very least gross. Yet it was hugely common then for a young woman even as young as twelve to be married and to start trying for offspring, especially if that man or woman had a title or money.
Today if we so much as mention that in a book we need to be careful how we mention it... especially with erotica. (Notice the warnings in the beginning of most erotic books... "all characters participating in sexual acts are 18 or older.)
We are the makers of today's world. We are continually choosing what is "normal" what is "right" and what is "wrong." What's more we're choosing what others must obey and believe. Think about the Montague's and Capulets, each lost their child because of forcing a belief them, and their inability to see something from a different light.