Are the Tibetan Women the Backbone of Their Family's Prosperity?

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From the beginning, the Tibetan women have been viewed by males in the culture as a type of second class citizen, even to the point that women were described negatively. The Tibetan women were also seen as seductresses from a man's point of view and were not considered to have the spiritual ways to become enlightened. Questions that will be addressed are since the women take the brunt of the responsibilities, why are they treated as a second class citizen? Why is it that Tibetan women are considered not equal even though they work just as hard or harder as the Tibetan men? Do the men of Tibet fear that the women may have the intelligence to further themselves than what they give credit and continue to keep the women underneath the men?…show more content…
Nine months later they were hoping for a boy, but a girl came and Mother was depressed. They gave me the name Kyilog, ‘Happiness Dashed’. Then Father was stricken with leprosy. From a young age, the daughter will soon endure the burdens of what a woman will encounter throughout her lifetime of domestic duties and will not be able to gain the knowledge and opportunities that the son of the family will encounter. As the girl matures she is mostly ushered into the life of becoming a doting wife with a husband and family or in turn of following the path of becoming a nun. The traditional world of Tibet would seemingly push the woman into making the choice of husband and family which is an important aspect of the society. Once married, which are normally arranged the Tibetan woman is already a man’s gain for him to be successful in his own journey to further his status and/or wealth. For example, being a Tibetan Buddhist wife, when her husband is ready to take the journey for enlightenment, he will leave his family to pursue it leaving the wife to fend for herself, the children and even his own side of the family. Later in years, if she is not able to bring her husband back, she is seen as a failure, even though she did not have a choice of her husband’s departure. In the sights of her husband’s family, she was nothing without him. Even though she supports her husband , she is

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