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Old 08-07-2009, 09:54 PM
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Default Re: Is homosexuality a part of Population control?

Concubinage is the state of a woman in an ongoing, usually matrimonially-oriented relationship with a man that cannot be married to her, often because of a difference in social status. Typically, the man has an official wife and one or more concubines. Concubines have limited rights of support from the man, and their offspring are publicly acknowledged as the man's children, albeit usually of lower status than children born by the official wife or wives; these legal rights distinguish a concubine from a mistress. Modern day concubines are widely misnamed or called mistresses because of the minimal use of the term concubine.

The term concubine generally signifies ongoing, matrimonial relationships where the woman is of lower social status than the man or the official wife or wives (typically, the concubine is of inferior rank to the official wife or wives). Generally, only men of high economic and social status have concubines. Many historical Asian, European and Arab rulers maintained concubines as well as wives.

Historically, concubinage was frequently voluntary (by the girl and/or her family's arrangement), as it provided a measure of economic security for the woman involved. Involuntary, or servile, concubinage sometimes involves sexual slavery of one member of the relationship, typically the woman, being a pleasure slave to the man.

Where it has a legal status, as in ancient Rome, and in ancient China, concubinage is akin, although inferior, to marriage. In opposition to those laws, traditional Western laws do not acknowledge the legal status of concubines, but rather only admit monogamous marriages. Any other relationship does not enjoy legal protection; the woman is essentially a mistress.
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