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    Michael Spencer

    15/04/2016
    #Housewives Matter - "Desperate Housewives"
    #Housewives Matter - "Desperate Housewives"Originally posted on Apr 13, 2016I've written before about women of privilege, for example women in technology and their trials and tribulations, the lack of salary equity and how they burn out faster due to insensitive work cultures where work-life...
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    Michael Spencer
    16/04/2016 #4 Michael Spencer
    #3 There's many factors Dean, I could write a post about that specific issue but all these things are connected: caste systems, patriarchy in India, arranged marriages, poverty, illiteracy, etc....
    Dean Owen
    15/04/2016 #3 Dean Owen
    @Michael Spencer, I am not convinced that arranged marriages are primarily to blame for the high suicide rate. I read somewhere that 83% of Indians like the idea of arranged marriages. I have also seen interviews of Westerners questioning Indian women on why they would agree to an arranged marriage, and the answer was usually positive with them citing the divorce rate in India of around 1%, far lower than in the West. Suicide is a real issue, but I suspect it is linked to poverty and rising costs of healthcare. A few years back, an Indian man was told he needed to have his leg operated on, but he could not afford the surgery, so he lay on a railway track and let a train run over his leg. Gender discrimination is an issue. I am not qualified to comment, but I suspect the caste system is a major issue. But arranged marriages? We have arranged marriages in Japan (Omiai Kekkon) and China too. Japanese women often choose to have an arranged marriage because they trust their parents more than they trust themselves. Once again divorce rates are significantly lower. Could it be that a housewife commits suicide because she loves her husband?
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    15/04/2016 #2 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    Michael Spencer shares a powerful message!
    Donna-Luisa Eversley
    15/04/2016 #1 Donna-Luisa Eversley
    @Michael Spencer you are very emotive in this post and passionate about women 'real housewives'. Brought tears to my eyes to read. Thanks for this. I am highlighting your words.."How can we claim to care about the state of women, women's rights, women's empowerment and not notice this. How can we remain silent over issues where there is clearly a problem" I am sharing this...We need to get this out. Thank you for caring.