An Indian village has banned unmarried women from using mobile phones. The reason? Village elders fear that unmarried women will use mobile phones to arrange their own marriages behind their father’s backs. Yeah, I’m not kidding. Three words spring to mind here, and I can abbreviate them by just writing – WTF.
The Lank village council has decided that unmarried men can use mobile phones only under parental supervision, whilst unmarried women face a blanket ban on their use. Local womens’ rights groups have criticized the measure as backward and discriminatory, but the council has defended the move, saying that the arrangement of forbidden …
It turns out that, like with seemingly everything else, there are a lot of misconceptions and rewritten history regarding Thanksgiving. So, while you’re sitting down to your turkey dinner tomorrow, here are some conversation starters.
Having grown up in a place that is infamous for its creative forms of marriage, I take great joy in seeing other innovative (I’m about half being snarky and half being serious with the word ‘innovative’ here) responses to a social institution that most societies have settled similarly . The mountain towns of the Himalayas take an opposite approach to the founders of the great state of Utah, and allow many men to marry the same wife; specifically many brothers to marry the same wife. Interestingly, however, the practice has faded within the past generation. The New York Times describes why this is a notable development:
Polyandry has been practiced here for centuries, but in a single generation it has all but vanished. That is a remarkably swift development in a country where social change, despite rapid economic growth, leaping technological advances and the relentless march of globalization, happens with aching slowness, if at all.
So, there are certain questions we all have (or maybe it’s just me?) about sharing a wife among brothers (admittedly, most of mine are sexual, probably because I’m not terribly mature). The article goes on to address a few:
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