How should we deal with forced marriages? How should we deal with arranged marriages? Most people is Asian countries are forced to marry and they are brainwashed growing up that they cant divorce or choose someone of their own liking? I think it should be illegal!

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This is a difficult topic. In some countries, of course, arraigned marriages are the norm. If one chose to go against what was expected of them they could face a backlash from family and friends. Norms relating to culture are very strong in certain families. How does your family view this? Is there any room for compromise? Try to speak with your parents about this.

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History and Literature all have examples of forced marriages that have turned out great and those that have turned out not so great. "The Taming of the Shrew" comes to mind, first. An argument for the marriage turning out both good and bad can be applied. Eventually, Petruchio and Kate find a status quo that they can both live with, but the domestic violence and manipulation to acquire it might not have been the healthiest way to go about it. Romeo and Juliet tried to avoid the arrangement with Paris and look where that got them? Sometimes, I wish that parents had more input these days into who their children married simply because young minds aren't fully developed and may make impulsive decisions just like Romeo and Juliet. Finding a balance in all things in any society is tricky for sure.

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If "we" live in a culture that does not have forced or arranged marriages as a general practice, we should grant other cultures the respect of allowing them to function according to beliefs and customs with which we are unfamiliar and/or have no understanding. We have no right to try to force laws and changes in the ways other people live their lives.

If "we" live in a culture that practices forced or arranged marriage, then we may choose to join discussions or movements advocating change in the customs if we feel this is needed.

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It would be interesting to do research on arranged marriages. How many of these marriages last? How many of these couples are truly happy. With the divorce rate so high in the United States, we can't say that our practices are working out for the better. Other cultural practices should be respected as unique, not necessarily strange. Research would reveal the benefits if any in arranged marriages. 

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When people are forced to do anything against their will, it is a matter of great concern. Yet, not all arranged marriages are "forced" marriages. In many cultures with arranged marriages, the woman must freely give her consent and accept the marriage, though an arranged one, of her own free will.  

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Aside from the obvious problems with characterizing other people's practices as "brainwashing," I'm also not sure it's accurate to say that "most people in Asian countries" are forced into marriages not of their choosing. In the United States, obviously these marriage agreements, which are often entered into by families before children reach the age of marriage, would not have legal standing. However, we cannot legislate against the cultural expectations that might pressure couples into acting according to their family's wishes. Ultimately, the practice seems foreign to (modern) Westerners, but I also balk at passing judgement on other cultural practices.

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If you are talking about how a person in a forced marriage should deal with it, I would say to make sure it is what you want.  If it isn't, you have other options.  However, they would likely involve leaving the country and possibly cutting ties with family, even permanently.  In other words, be prepared to deal with the consequences.  However, there are also consequences to staying in the marriage, including emotional ones.

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Luckily, in the United States, adults have the choice of both choosing their life mate as well as divorcing him/her if things don't work out. Family pressure can be a powerful thing, but part of being an adult is making decisions for oneself. Young adults sometimes have to cut the puppet strings that some parents try to maintain: It may not always work out in the most positive manner, but it is a freedom that all adults enjoy.

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I would suggest that we should avoid terms like "brainwashing" when characterizing other people's beliefs.  A person from a country with arranged marriages might say that we are "brainwashed" to make us think that we should have marriages that come from the perfect romance.  They could point to our divorce rates and say that we are idiots to believe that young people can choose their own spouses based on some idea of romance and love.

I would never choose an arranged marriage for myself.  Nor would I arrange marriages for my children.  But I do not think that we can unequivocally say that arranged marriages are in some way morally wrong.  Instead, I would argue that they are simply the product of a different culture than our own.  To this degree, I believe in cultural relativism.

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