I think that arranged marriages are a threat to women's rights and the issue should be taken up by feminists, because I feel that the next step in the progression of arranged marriages is a form of sex slavery. If women are forced to marry men that they don't love, then the husbands are going to still expect sexual intercourse with the women. If the women do not want to engage in sexual activities, the men may feel they have the right to force the woman to have sex with him, because they are their wives.
Arranged marriages are a threat to women's rights to select their own husbands and therefore a suitable issue for feminists to take up. Although it is not necessary that the parents or relative choice of choosing a life partner for a woman would be a wrong decision, however arranged marriages that do not allow the woman to be part of the decision making is completely wrong. Woman have an equal right in the decision as they are the one's who have to spend the rest of their life with the man chosen for them. Feminist must take up issues where a woman is forced to marry a man that she may not be willing to and should be allowed to take her own decision.
Arranged marriages are primarily practiced in cultures that place more value on the culture than on the individual. The practice is archaic in today's world and can lead to much personal unhappiness, resentment, and lack of growth. This is absolutely an issue that the feminist movement should be concerned with, although it isn't necessarily a strictly feminine issue. The bottom line is that if a person isn't free to decide with whom they want to spend the rest of their lives with, then what is the purpose of living, other than the general perpetuation of the species? If perpetuating the species is all that matters, and personal growth is stifled by others choosing our destinies for us, then the human race is doomed anyway and there would be not point in perpetuating it.
But, on the other hand if they are willing to go into this situation, then obviously its not a problem. It pretty much depends if they in fact want to do so or not. I am totally against forced marriages, however, because it is (obviously, yet again) taking away the rights of that individual.
Everyone has the right to practice their own religion and cultures. If a woman is raised to believe that arranged marriages are a wonderful thing and that is what they want for themselves then they should be able to follow that path. Many feminists want to save all women from things that some women do not want to be saved from. Marriage is a personal choice, whether the woman chooses her own husband or if her parents chose her husband for her.
An arranged marriage removes the right of a woman to choose her future living conditions for life in many cases, and can subject a woman to unimaginable abuse through their parents selection.
If half of marriages end in divorce then the odds are with successful marriages. If you are completely OK with entering into a arranged marriage you should jump in. Marriage takes a lot of work. People fall in and out of love all the time. Its really about trying to make the best out of your own particular situation while not worrying what the world thinks.
Arranged marriages have the potential to prevent adults from making one of the most important decisions of their lives, so it is important to recognize the ability to select one's spouse as a fundamental right. Since women tend to be on the losing side of this situation, it would behoove feminists to oppose arranged marriages.
Marriage is difficult enough when a woman chooses her own mate. But at least when she made the choice herself, she has nobody to blame but herself. In the case of arranged marriages, women are basically being "sold" off like slaves to men they often haven't even seen or met. If feminists don't take up the cause, who will? Any cause that violates a woman's right to autonomy should be championed.
Yes, arranged marriages are a threat to women's rights and a suitable issue for feminists to take up. In America, women should have the right to do what they want with their own lives, and this includes marriage. If women don't have that right, they are living oppressed, and that is not right.
Arguing that arranged marriages are a feminist issue ignores the fact that the men in these relationships are subject to the same process and restrictions.
We have come a very long way for equal rights for all races and genders. I know that, in some countries, arranged marriages are still being done, but nowadays, women have a choice. And most women will speak up if they are unhappy. Furthermore, there is help available for women, so that they do not have to be forced to do anything.
Arranged marriages are not a threat to women's rights because women are still choosing their husbands. Although their parents or family are selecting possible suitors, they are selecting a range of men for their daughter to choose. A woman may reject 10 men before she finds the one that she believes to be right, even though she is having an arranged marriage. People need to understand that arranged marriages and forced marriages are completely different things and many women want to have an arranged marriage because they believe it is simpler and easier than other methods of finding their life partner.
Arranged marriages are very similar to dating sites. Someone else finds a person who is compatible with you and that you may like and you try it out. If women can use dating sites then why is this any different?
In many cultures that have arranged marriages, both husband and wife are paired as being a good match by their parents. This is not a woman's right issue at all, since the males are also selected. Arranged marriages sometimes do prove to be a good match for both partners and many arranged marriages are happy marriages.
There is no better person to chose your spouse than yourself. Parents who arrange marriages will choose partners with their interests in mind.
The success of a marriage depends on what effort both the husband and the wife put into it. It is very unlikely that an arranged marriage can be as successful let alone more successful then a marriage two people want to be in by choice. It is my understanding that by having a marriage arranged it is usually only the choice of on of the partners or their families. If one party or both have not chosen to come into the marriage out of their own free will then the probability of having a successful(and by that I mean happy) marriage is little to none.
So far, arranged marriages have a higher rate of success than other more western traditions of courtship and marriage. Yes, some arranged marriages turn out horrifically for the unwilling bride. But, the majority of these marriages are successful, and eventually turn into affectionate affairs of the heart. Feminists need to tread carefully when intervening in others' successful traditions.
I totally disagree that arranged marriages is a threat to women's rights to select their own husbands and therefore, a suitable issue for feminists to take up because at the current scenario, women have the power and right to reject the men if he doesn't meet the criteria of what she is looking for. Moreover, women are more expressive when it comes to marriage, and they want to make informed decisions so that their marriages can last forever.
Arranged marriages are a tradition in many cultures and they represent a very different way of looking at marriage. They are not necessarily against women's rights. For a women to be forced into an arranged marriage against her will would be a violation of her rights, but if she chooses to participate in the custom there is nothing wrong with this different cultural outlook.
It is small-minded to consider arranged marriages an affront to women's rights. Women's rights are all about choice. Some women choose to be conservative and to continue the fundamental practices of their culture and religion. Many women enter into arranged marriages, because it is their custom, and it is what they expect to do. Similarly, some women's religious beliefs prohibit contraception. Many women accept this practice freely and happily. They see it as a fulfillment of their duty to both God and their spouse. Why shouldn't adult women be allowed, because of their religious and cultural beliefs, to enter into an arranged marriage? Many women do this freely and happily. They, too, see this as a fulfillment of their duties to their families, to their spouse, and to God. Adult women should not be forced into any marriage, and neither should a man. And, if they chose not to marry, they are subject to the same ridicule and rejection that all children who rebel against their parent's customs and religious practices are. We should not concern ourselves with trying to change other cultures or religious practices. It's called diversity.
Most women in modern-day arranged marriages have a say in who they choose to get married. Parents almost always have their children's' best wishes at heart and in many cases, women from other cultures prefer to have their parents select a partner for them. That way, they can focus on their career and education for awhile instead of wasting time and heartache courting and dating.
There is a difference between the two. An arranged marriage is when both parties agree to letting someone else find a partner for them and then they willingly get married. In this case it is the woman's choice to do it. A forced marriage is when one or both parties are pressured into the marriage and have not given their consent. This is a major violation of human rights and so it is definitely a suitable issue for feminists to take up and we should all be fighting against forced marriages.