The language is there, use it!
Posted by aogFriday, 31 August 2007 at 22:03 TrackBack Ping URL

Increasing female feticide in India could spark a demographic crisis where fewer women in society will result in a rise in sexual violence and child abuse as well as wife-sharing, the United Nations warned. [source, source]

“Wife-sharing”? Don’t they mean “polyandry”?

It seems an open question whether a gender imbalance will increase the status of women. It might at least make wife burning a little less common, since it would be harder to go out and get another one. One would think that dowry’s would become much smaller, since again the option is not getting your son married off. On the other hand, culture imperatives can resist reality for quite a while.

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Bret Saturday, 01 September 2007 at 00:03

Doesn’t polyandry imply marriage? Wife-sharing is not so limiting and might mean having your wife also perform as a prostitute, for example.

Annoying Old Guy Saturday, 01 September 2007 at 06:58

That’s true, although I don’t think prostitution would be covered by the term “wife-sharing” because if you’re charging money, you’re not sharing in the standard sense. BUT I think based on the substance of the article that polyandry is what was meant, in that such a set up would be long term and equivalent of common law marriage.

Interesting, isn’t it, that wife-sharing is considered on par with sexual violence and child abuse, but polygyny is no problem?

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