And your depressing news for the day: gold up = girls down

tweaker2

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I am confused. The family of a woman has to... pay men to marry them?

I WIKI'd dowery in India and sure 'nuf. Need to hear from any of our resident forum members from India for the lowdown on it's present status as I read it's now outlawed.
 

IronWing

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I WIKI'd dowery in India and sure 'nuf. Need to hear from any of our resident forum members from India for the lowdown on it's present status as I read it's now outlawed.
Dowries have been illegal in India since 1961 but are still common.
 

tweaker2

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Dowries have been illegal in India since 1961 but are still common.

Thanks for that. I can see where tradition has much to do with it still being practised, although the profits gained from it's use on the groom's side must be a rather compelling factor too.

If I recall, the practice of dowery in its various forms is widespread globally with many other cultures still using it?
 
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Sounds like the "Hemline index"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hemline_index

"
The hemline index is a theory presented by economist George Taylor in 1926.[1][2]

The theory suggests that hemlines on women's dresses rise along with stock prices. In good economies, we get such results as miniskirts (as seen in the 1920s and the 1960s),[3] or in poor economic times, as shown by the 1929 Wall Street Crash, hems can drop almost overnight. Non-peer-reviewed research in 2010 supported the correlation, suggesting that "the economic cycle leads the hemline with about three years".[