Saudi "December-January" marriage ends in divorce

Remember the story making the internet rounds about a 70-year-old Saudi man who bought a teen bride for $20,000? They are reported to have divorced. Turns out he was more like 85, too, and it was less of a marriage than the sale of a young woman as property, by her parents.

9

  1. Is this story really that surprising?  The idea that women are people and not property is not universal, especially in highly patriarchal societies. 

    1. Even in a culture with attitudes toward women as screwed up as KSA’s, I suspect a 70-year-old guy marrying a 15-year-old girl would raise eyebrows.

  2. And now everyone in the neighbourhood is tsk-tsking, saying “gee, they were the *last* couple on the block I expected to split up.”

  3. I am shocked to learn this man lied about his age.  Thank goodness for the Internet, where that cannot happen.

Comments are closed.