Let's imagine other contracts worked the way the modern Western "marriage" contract works.
You go to a TV company, and promise to pay for a deluxe cable package...unless you change your mind. Then they have to supply a basic cable package to you for the rest of the firm's life.
You accept a job offer. It's not a fire at will sort of thing, but a long-term contract. You promise to do your job in exchange for pay...unless you change your mind. Then they have to pay you half your salary anyway for the rest of the contract's original duration.
You go to a grocery store and promise to pay for that
watermelon...unless you change your mind. Then you get to keep half the
watermelon anyway. If the store has no use for the remaining fruit, tough. If you almost buy two but change your mind, they hack them both in half, right on the counter there.
You get a mortgage. You promise to pay the principle and the interest charges as outlined in the contract, unless you change your mind. Then you get to keep the house anyway.
For some reason the 'employment crisis' keeps showing up in Huffpo articles. They keep telling cable companies to 'firm up' and offer TV packages.
Marriage is outlawed. It's a gender-specific crime men commit against women. Customarily they're not supposed to prosecute, but at least half them do anyway, and it's a very serious crime with very serious penalties. Further, affords almost no way to demonstrate innocence.