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The inability to marry may be due to multiple factors such as differences in social rank status, an existing marriage, religious or professional prohibitions for example Roman soldiers , or a lack of recognition by appropriate authorities. A concubine among polygynyous peoples is a secondary wife, usually of inferior rank. The prevalence of concubinage and the status of rights and expectations of a concubine have varied among cultures, as have the rights of children of a concubine. Whatever the status and rights of the concubine, they were always inferior to those of the wife, and typically neither she nor her children had rights of inheritance. Historically, concubinage was usually voluntary by the woman or her family , as it provided a measure of economic security for the woman. Nevertheless, sexual relations outside marriage were [ when? The children of such relationships were counted as illegitimate and in some societies were barred from inheriting the father's title or estates, even in the absence of legitimate heirs. Concubinage was highly popular before the early 20th century all over East Asia.