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Taboo: Cambodian Love Huts

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Taboo:
Cambodian Love Huts By Tyler Norgren, Brianna Hovde,
Roshan DiasAbeygunawardena,
Obi McReynolds, and Haakon
Lysne What is it? Works Cited
"Cambodian Dads Build Sex Huts for Teen Daughters." The Times Of India. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2013.
"Cambodian Dads Build Sex Huts for Teen Daughters." The Times Of India. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2013.
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"Videos." Cambodian Love Huts. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2013.
"Women Taking Charge in Cambodia - Amplify." Amplify A Project of Advocates for Youth. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Jan. 2013.The Kreung tribe in northeastern Cambodia have a tradition of parents building love huts for their daughters in order for them to find their true love. These teenage girls are encouraged to spend the night with different boys until they find the one they want to spend the rest of their lives with. A Closer Look Gender The girls feel that the love huts give themselves, and other women empowerment and independence. It is completely their decision as they are the ones in charge. Violence Sexual violence is virtually non-existent in Cambodia. If a girl says no, the boy will leave because the men have been taught to respect the women's choice. Taboo Some people argue to whether this form of dating is taboo or not. Yes No " love huts might be regarded as taboo, in the western perspective, as parents are usually looked upon as 'protectors' of a woman's virginity, and not promoters of it." "The Kreung people are very big on female empowerment; a trait which I admire." One reason some people support this tradition is the fact that the men are not violent towards women. Instead this tribe is loving and respectful. Something seen as special in western cultures. What Does "Spending the Night" mean? It varies from girl to girl. For some it depends on how special the boyfriend is to her. With one she may only want to talk while she may have sex with another. There are also a few girls who choose to wait to have sex until marriage. The Concern Some boys have been exposed to western television and pornography. This poses as a threat to the tribes tradition. If the boys do not respect the girls, the girls lose the independence they feel and the purpose of having the love huts disappears all together. National Geographic Bibliography The Kreung tribe in Cambodia has tradition for finding one's "true love". Parents build their teenage daughters love huts and encourage girls to spend the night with different boys until they find the one they want to marry. Protection In the past the girls would drink a concoction of alcohol and centipede. The combination of these would act as a contraceptive. However now they use condoms. Consider This... As Americans we view this behavior as Taboo. It is even found in National Geographic's "Taboo" files. However, it is somehow acceptable that there are 22 schools in Philadelphia that have free condom dispensers right outside of the nurses office. Now look at this, 5% of the students at these schools carries an STD. While the young girls in Cambodia are sleeping with their boyfriends that have been carefully selected, here in America, at least in Philadelphia, we have teenagers sleeping together, just to have sex. Instead of supported by their parents they are supported by the school and the parents don't have much say in the matter. Which is really more taboo?
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