Gender Trouble in Town: Educated Women Eluding Male Domination, Gender Violence and Marriage in PNG

Ceridwen Spark

Following Zimmer-Tamakoshi’s observations about educated Pacific women not wanting to marry their countrymen, I examine educated Papua New Guinean women’s perspectives on marrying Papua New Guinean men. Women in this group avoid marriage because they fear such relationships will destroy their career prospects, compromise their economic and decision-making independence and force them to grapple with male jealousy and violence in the domestic realm. In short, educated Papua New Guinean women perceive partnerships with their countrymen as being more troublesome than they are worth. The women’s attitudes and actions suggest an emerging trend with important implications for understanding (both) the relationship between gender and education and intimate relationships in Papua New Guinea.

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Submitted by Toksave
March 24, 2021
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