While pair-bonds of varying forms were recognized by most societies as acceptable social arrangements, marriage was reserved for heterosexual pairings and had a transactional nature, where wives were in many cases a form of property being exchanged between father and husband, and who would have to serve the function of reproduction.
Communities exerted pressure on people to form pair-bonds in places such as Europe; in China, society "demanded people get married before having a sexual relationship" and many societies found that some formally recognized bond between a man and a woman was the best way of rearing and educating children as well as helping to avoid conflicts and misunderstandings regarding competition for mates.
I decided to create WAV twenty years ago to give women a place where they would feel they weren’t alone.
Whether they were in an emotional or physically abusive relationship, felt a need for hope or change in their lives or just need someone they can relate to, WAV is a platform that helps women seek resources, share their stories and ask questions that they would be afraid to ask directly and not feel alone.
While the term has several meanings, the most frequent usage refers to two people exploring whether they are romantically or sexually compatible by participating in dates with the other.