I think it makes sense that people value their relationships above other people's relationships, like you said I know my sweat equity, I don't know theirs.

There is definite issue in that people who are married are socially treated better than people who are dating, but I know many people who have been partnered with the same person longer than I have been married. I would never say that their relationship contains less-sweat equity than a marriage of the same tenure. There is a big difference in saying that married couples have Privilege over unmarried couples, and saying that couples have substantive Privilege over single people.

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