Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thank Heaven...I Guess

Thank you, Heidi!

Marryourdaughter.com isn't real.
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/09/11/please-dont-marry-our-daughters/?hp

It's funny, b/c my first thought was, "No. Can't be real. No." and then I looked into it, and the thought crossed my mind, "ya' know - this could actually make a relatively interesting study - maybe that's all this is - please let it be...where's the hidden camera?" And I couldn't help but laugh reading the "testimonials" section - but in a "I'm laughing but feeling sick all at the same time" sort-of-way, as was the reaction of MANY, it seems. In short, it could be a fake, but it might not be...

I am glad to hear marryourdaughter.com is a farce, and my kudos to the creator, John Ordover (who played the role of afore mentioned publicity director). He claimed the site to be a parody aimed at drawing attention to inconsistencies in state marriage laws - well, it worked - I read through them, and I looked up the bible passages sited - it really IS "okay" as per the "Good Book" to "sell" your daughter to a man that wants her, a man that rapes her, and various situations. I even discussed such issues with a professor of mine with special interest in the legal system. So, as Heidi commented, it's really not that far-fetched, and I think that's the bigger issue. HE (the professor) has two friends who were paired through arranged marriage. There are still those individuals who feel this is the way to go - they live it, breath it, raise their children under it...

Thank you, again, Heidi. But I still encourage everyone to check this all out - definitely food for thought. Sometimes "tradition" is a funny, but powerful, thing.

3 comments:

Luke said...

funny- my first thought was; "crap, i can only afford the 20k one, i hope the quality doesn't vary as much as at walmart."
haha ok i'm probably going to hell now...

karen said...

weren't you already going to hell, anyway? ;0)
Damn, and have you asked my parents what MY price tag is? Maybe we should just end this now. Or maybe I'm pretty cheap - like the 3K one - 'cause what guy wants a girl that likes to talk about philosophical "hippy" stuff...? ;0)

Jael said...

Karen, you're such a hippy