Date: 2019-01-25 07:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kathmandu
Thank you for the warning about 'if you need a happy ending, this is not the book for you'.

Date: 2019-01-26 12:42 am (UTC)
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Dower cultures are associated with low economic potential and low status for women; the bride's parents have to bribe the groom's family to take on another net-cost woman.

Bride-price cultures are associated with high economic potential and relatively high status for women; the groom has to compensate the bride's family for their economic loss.

Using dowry to describe the necessary payment by an excess male wishing to marry might be a way to describe their social status as low.

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