“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Child Brides, More Common Than You Think

A 13-year-old child bride sits with her 38-year-old husband after being married and taken to his village in Niger. In Niger, where early marriage rates approach the highest in the world, only 15 percent of adult women are literate, and fewer than one-third of girls are enrolled in primary school.

World Vision Press Center

On a previous post,there was some discussions about parental responsibilities to a seventeen year old pregnant girl. One of the posters referred to the seventeen year old as a child and there was some discussion as to whether a seventeen year old was a child or an adult.

At some stage in life there is a transition from childhood to being an adult. Most of the modern world agrees that children enter the earlier teen years and exit the late teens as an adult. The current debate on drinking age is an easy example.

World cultures differ on the fundamentals of the concept of childhood. The differences are profound, extensive and to me personally troubling. Men need the balance of woman in their lives. For that to be effective the woman should be peers. Woman, of equal stature as men, have a significant attenuating effect on male behavior. That is mostly a good thing. That is also not possible in virulently paternalistic societies.


  1. Bangladesh - 52.5
  2. Niger - 37.6
  3. Chad - 34.9
  4. Ethiopia - 31.4
  5. India - 30.9
  6. Nigeria - 30.6
  7. Mauritania - 29.3
  8. Mali - 25.1
  9. Guinea - 23.5
  10. Mozambique - 21.7
  11. Cameroon - 20.1
  12. Eritrea - 19.7
  13. Uganda - 15.9
  14. Nepal - 15.3
  15. Nicaragua - 14.6
Source: DHS data. Includes all developing nations for which a Demographic and Health Survey has been conducted since 1998. Data are for most recent year available for the period 1998-2006.

Note: Some countries with a high incidence of child marriage, such as Afghanistan, are not included due to insufficient data.

Fatima, 11, was recently engaged to a man twice her age in exchange for $6,000. In Afghanistan, amid a serious drought and the global food crisis, families are exchanging their daughters into marriage. Afghan law states that a girl must be 16 years of age and give consent to marry, but in the face of increasing hunger and debt, such laws mean little.
© 2008 Mary Kate MacIsaac/ World Vision


  1. Palin's the one with a weird family.
    And Cooties.

  2. Rush's unanswered question to the Messiah:
    Why not send your brother a Twenty Dollar Bill and double his yearly income?
    Hut, Sweet Hut

  3. CFP Resume of a Terrorist Obama’s Buddy Ayers
    On Friday night, one of America’s top talk show hosts—who happens to be an attorney and worked in the Reagan Justice Department as chief of staff—recited a list of terrorist acts that would elicit envy from Osama bin Laden. Mark Levin had his listeners glued to their radios or PCs as he read the resume of a man who should be serving life in prison instead of enjoying a tenured professorship at a major university and entertaining a possible US President in his home.
    As I write this “resume of a terrorist,” I find it difficult to understand how a man who is running for president of the United States would even know someone as anti-American and destructive as William Ayers. Plus, Ayers, his wife and their comrades at the Weather Underground are cop-killers. And Obama doesn’t just know him personally—he’s a close friend with Ayers.

    Here is the “resume” of an American terrorist:
    His long list left out UCSB, so I got these links for Kevin James:
    Police To Resume Investigation of '69 Campus Bombing - Daily Nexus

    Police To Resume Investigation of '69 Campus Bombing
    Wednesday, April 11, 2007

    Before the riots, before the massive protests, before the burning of the Bank of America, an explosion rocked the campus community and took the life of one of its members.

    ucsb faculty club bombing

    Isla Vista Bank Burning

    UCSB Special Collections Research Isla Vista Resources Guide to KCSB Audiotape Collection

    KCSB. - [description for Feb. 27 tape series} John Seely (SB Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions )on Chicago and the movement; Nancy Rubin; Kuntsler on Chicago movement; KCSB coverage of IV revolution; statement by Cheadle; National Guard in IV; Statement by commander; National Guard takes posts; IV League statement; minor arrests and friskings; Police sweep movements; bomb threat at Francisco Torres; (ucsb Dorm) Individual arrests

    Burning Down the Isla Vista Bank of America -

  4. (Roger Hedgecock's and my Alma Mater, as well as Joe Wilson and Barbara Bodine!)
    Founding SDS Member attacked in Chicago

    “There was a mood among the wider student body by 1970, and not only here, but around the country, that was really kind of a neat reaction to authority - both national and police authority, parental authority [and] university authority,” Flacks said. “All of these seemed … to a lot of young people at that point in time as backward, repressive, uncaring, unfeeling, sending us off to war, not understanding our values as young people.”
    Shortly after learning of his 1960 appointment to a tenured teaching position at UCSB, sociology professor Richard Flacks made front-page news nationwide. An attacker, posing as a reporter, met him at his Chicago office for an interview and savagely beat him. The unidentified assailant left Flacks, a well-known founding member of Students for a Democratic Society, with a hole in his skull.

    Flacks, who would recover at a hospital and arrive at UCSB in July that year, said he has always assumed the attack was political. Students for a Democratic Society was a new-leftist student movement that primarily protested the war in Vietnam.

    “When my appointment [at UCSB] was announced, which was like June of ‘69 - that became a controversial issue,” Flacks said. “Governor Regan attacked the appointment. He said a wonderful statement of his. He said it’s like ‘hiring a pyromaniac to be a fuse-maker in a firecracker factory.’”

    Prior to the controversy over his hiring, which eventually subsided, and the student unrest that brought chaos to the UCSB campus, Flacks said he had expected Santa Barbara to be more relaxing than the politically tumultuous Windy City.

    “So the irony was that with starting in January of 1970, there comes this tremendous explosion of campus protest here, which had been preceded by a year or two of prior actions by black students, and by the student anti-war people, and so forth,” Flacks said. “But first the demonstrations in support of Bill Allen were dramatic, and then came this scene in Isla Vista, which led to the burning of the bank.”

  5. Wifey took Anthro Classes from Bill Allen.
    A Jerk, Naturally.

    She'd tell me about him, I, just returning from Korea, told her to ask him why, if whatever Commie South American country he was touting was so great, did he ever come back to this hellhole?

  6. "Flacks said there were collective values that young people shared during the late 1960s and early ’70s.

    Doug Hewitt said those realities were always in the back of his mind, especially when he stepped out of line. He said he and his roommate tried to take a piece of the bank back to the dorms while protestors were looting the building.

    “There were a bunch of things around,” Hewitt said. “One of them was a chair. My roommate and I took this chair. It said ‘Property of Bank of America’ on it. We get this announcement saying ‘Anyone discovered with Bank of America property will be arrested on the spot.’ So we took the chair and put it in the lounge. (of their fraternity)
    Somebody [today] probably has it in their corporate board room.”

  7. campus custodian was killed in a bombing, and one student was shot dead at the bank burning.

  8. ...but of course, that was not the Bill Ayers Obama knew.
    ...and he barely knew the respected Professor anyhoo.

  9. "English Professor" Farmer al-Bob.

  10. I never checked back for any feedback on my comment that my female English Prof was Obsessed with Leda and the Swan.
    ...anybody see that?
    Anyone know any Damsels raped by a Goose?
    ...or Goosed by a Duck?

  11. Getting goosed these days must be pretty small potatoees.
    Goosee probly says:
    "Didn't you get Sex Ed?
    You're sposed to Buttfuck me!
    Trish says anything less is repulsive, not to mention anti-conservative.

  12. Doug you may want to repost a few of these gems to the next thread. Thanks.

  13. Doug: Teresita, check out the linux suggestion

    Looks like a hairball of code, don't it? That's because using Windows is like driving an automatic, and using Linux is like driving a stick. But who wants a Corvette with automatic?

  14. Doug: Rush's unanswered question to the Messiah: Why not send your brother a Twenty Dollar Bill and double his yearly income? Hut, Sweet Hut

    James 2:

    [15] If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,

    [16] And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

    [17] Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

  15. I believe Luther said James was a book of straw, and he cut it out of the his Bible. He was entirely wrong on this.

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