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“Often these marriages have to do with sex, more than anything else.” At the same time, heavy social and family pressure can also play a role.

Marriage is widely seen as the sine qua non of Georgian life – a condition that establishes a person’s status as a full-fledged member of society.

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For many Georgian women, getting married at an older age means a more extended period of sexual abstinence.

Tamara Tavartkeldidze, a 79-year-old widow and retired literature teacher, recommends that young women should not worry about sex, but rather worry about finding Mr. “I got married when I was 30 and I have never wanted to have any other man,” Tavartkeldidze said of her deceased husband.

This figure pales compared to rates in the United States or the United Kingdom, but the curve is sloping upward.

In Western societies, Javakhishvili noted, people tend to go through several relationships before they settle down.

“We have two morals in this country: one for men and another for women,” said Tbilisi State University Gender Studies Professor Nino Javakhishvili.

“Premarital sex is not only tolerated, but even encouraged for men, while it is frowned upon for women.” An August 2009 survey by the Tbilisi-based Caucasus Research Resource Centers reported that 77 percent of respondents think it is unacceptable for a woman to have sex before marriage.Some blame the advent of a market economy in Georgia for the rising marriage ages.Young people now start working earlier and the more exacting work environment – and less predictable economic security -- can interfere with wedding plans.Supporters cite the need to uphold Georgian traditions.Critics -- who often resort to social networking or dating websites to try to hook up with “Natashas” from the North --reject the “institute” as a legacy of a pre-modern mindset.The belief is rooted both in Georgia’s conservative culture and the Georgian Orthodox faith, which does not discriminate between men and women on the topic.

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