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Girls into wives
Chicago Tribune, via Kansas City Star ^ | December 12, 2004 | Paul Salopek

Posted on 05/29/2005 4:33:03 PM PDT by Graybeard58

Edited on 05/29/2005 5:45:46 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS OF ETHIOPIA — Tihun Nebiyu the goat herder doesn't want to marry. She is adamant about this. But in her village nobody heeds the opinions of headstrong little girls.

That's why she's kneeling in the filigreed shade of her favorite thorn tree, dropping beetles down her dress. Magic beetles.


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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: africa; ethiopia
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1 posted on 05/29/2005 4:33:03 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Graybeard58

When I read stuff like this its almost enough to turn me back into the hardcore feminazi I once was. Why are females so hated (or is it feared?) in Africa and the Middle East?


2 posted on 05/29/2005 4:39:37 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (Boycotting movies since 1988)
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To: proudofthesouth
When I read stuff like this its almost enough to turn me back into the hardcore feminazi I once was.

I've never heard any feminist speak out aginst any of this.

3 posted on 05/29/2005 4:45:03 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (God has blessed Republicans with really stupid enemies.)
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To: Graybeard58

That continent is beyond hope, and I resent my taxes going to "save" them in any way. It only causes civil war and worsens the problems as told in this story.


4 posted on 05/29/2005 4:46:01 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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To: proudofthesouth

You won't find any left wing femanists speaking out against this kind of child abuse, only conservatives I'm afraid. (And the few liberals that can recall when human rights was something liberals championed).


5 posted on 05/29/2005 4:47:32 PM PDT by NavVet (“Benedict Arnold was wounded in battle fighting for America, but no one remembers him for that.”)
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To: proudofthesouth
Why are females so hated (or is it feared?) in Africa and the Middle East?

Because the men of those cultures can't take on any other men from other cultures, so they have to abuse their women to feel good and macho about themselves.

6 posted on 05/29/2005 4:47:39 PM PDT by Hildy ( The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue)
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To: proudofthesouth
You need not be a feminist to be simply aghast of the practices in primitive societies. Including the Muslim societies. What the MSM is not covering is the fact that such practices are practiced by muslims here in the US. Arranged marriages are frequent among Bangladeshi muslims and Albanians. You need not go half way around the world to find it. I personaly know of several cases where Albanian women had their marriages arramnged by their parents and they dared not object for fear of being killed.

It is not that they fear women, simply put the men in these circles have power and anyone with power, whether male or female is unlikely to give up such power willingly.



7 posted on 05/29/2005 4:51:30 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: proudofthesouth
When I read stuff like this its almost enough to turn me back into the hardcore feminazi I once was. Why are females so hated (or is it feared?) in Africa and the Middle East?

The answer lies in civilizing these tribals, through conversion to Christianity. It is a simple prescription, but has worked for 2000 years. Exisitence of such savage behavior is directly proportional to the absence of Christianity.

8 posted on 05/29/2005 4:54:53 PM PDT by nwrep
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To: Cacique
I might add that it probably occurs among other groups here in the US as well, includ8ing arabs. Though in those cases I have no personal knowledge. But I would not be surpirsed if upon investigation it was found to be frequent. Of course, this story does not even touch on the subject of "honor killings".



9 posted on 05/29/2005 4:55:03 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Graybeard58

It's no worse than the opposite extreme we have here in the West.


10 posted on 05/29/2005 4:55:05 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: Cacique
It's not just the muslims however:

Her husband arrived at midnight, as prescribed by Amhara custom, with an escort of nine best friends. He is Ayalew Dessie, an Orthodox Church deacon of 17

11 posted on 05/29/2005 4:55:38 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Graybeard58

A grown man marrying a seven year old child!
What do they TALK about???


12 posted on 05/29/2005 4:56:04 PM PDT by Riverman94610
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To: nwrep
I hate toi inform you,but Ethiopia is primarily a Christina country and most Ethiopians belong to the Ethiopian Coptic Chruch. This has to do more with culture than religion.



13 posted on 05/29/2005 4:56:32 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: nwrep
Exisitence of such savage behavior is directly proportional to the absence of Christianity

From the article:

Her husband arrived at midnight, as prescribed by Amhara custom, with an escort of nine best friends. He is Ayalew Dessie, an Orthodox Church deacon of 17

14 posted on 05/29/2005 4:57:24 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Spec.4 Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: proudofthesouth

A commendable custom.

I'd welcome society backing me up in the final say of a husband for any daughter of mine.

If other parents make unwise choices for their daughters, that's their look out.

Not reason enough for me and other fathers of good judgment to be penalized for their idiocy.


15 posted on 05/29/2005 4:58:57 PM PDT by Age of Reason
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To: nwrep

These were Christians. Ethiopia has been Christian for most of the Christian period. It's the traditionalism coupled with lack of education and lack of seeing other opportunities because of both that continue a lot of what goes on.


17 posted on 05/29/2005 5:00:29 PM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Graybeard58; pissant; TheBigB
Girls into wives

Shame on me.

I thought this was going to be about something else entirely.

18 posted on 05/29/2005 5:02:40 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Age of Reason

It's her getting married (when she reaches the age of majority). You as a father may have a legitimate opinion of her choice of spouse, but you get no say (final or otherwise) as to who she marries.

Keep waiting for society to give you the veto power over her life, pal. You're in for a looooong wait.


19 posted on 05/29/2005 5:03:06 PM PDT by The Las Vegas Hoodlum
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To: Cacique
What the MSM is not covering is the fact that such practices are practiced by muslims here in the US. Arranged marriages are frequent among Bangladeshi muslims and Albanians.

Some Asians as well, like Hmong.

I've known of people married and divorced by the time they're 17.

20 posted on 05/29/2005 5:08:01 PM PDT by JohnnyZ (Defeat Pat DeWine, RINO Mike DeWine's son! Tom Brinkman for Congress http://www.gobrinkman.com/)
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