“Hi, I’m A 15 Year Old Gypsy Girl And My Dad Says It’s Ok If You Assault Me”

Posted: January 19, 2011 in Gypsy
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I couldn’t possibly watch last nights documentary “My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding” without passing comment. The programme showed how young gypsy couples are married, usually at 16 years old, in a ridiculously ostentatious ceremony that Katie Price would be proud of.

The documentary highlighted the kind of life gypsy women are expected to live and it’s one the religious (especially Muslim’s) will be familiar with. Gypsy women must be chaperoned at all times and must not drink prior to marriage. This rule, not surprisingly, does not apply to gypsy men. Women are expected not to work and must fulfil the role of dutiful housewife; pandering to their husband’s needs. They are also encouraged not to pursue education.

The most worrying aspect of the programme was the “courtship” ritual practised by gypsy families. Young girls must stay in a group with their female friends and are not allowed to approach boys. When a boy likes a girl he will approach her and ask for a kiss; if she refuses then he can grab her and twist her arm until she agrees to kiss him. It made me sick to watch a 15 year old girl pinned up against a wall begging the gypsy boy to let her go while he’s trying to kiss her.

The fact that the parents of these children allow this to happen is appalling. To allow teenage boys to forcibly touch teenage girls is sexual assault. In any other group it would be reported to the police. I dread to think how many times it’s gone further than kissing. The worst part was hearing the girl talk about how she felt uncomfortable but there was nothing she could do. Where are the people protecting these children?

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Comments
  1. That’s really disturbing. It’s international women’s day today and a friend of mine in FB posted this comment citing a SMH article:

    “Across the globe, gender-based violence causes more deaths and disabilities among women of child-bearing age than cancer, malaria, traffic accidents and war combined”.

    I see gender-based disadvantaged and abuse in the privileged country i live in, but am fortunately fairly sheltered from such mentalities.

    Sarah of the Collage

  2. maryann louise smith says:

    im a gypsy n in are religoin we see this as ok we do not like ppl to coment on are rules becos we get slagged off its just d way we live and how we are tort x x

    • John Smith says:

      Maryann Louise, I really do feel sorry for you. Going purely on your very obvious lack of education (based upon your awful spelling) it is quite apparent that you don’t know any better. That doesn’t mean that there aren’t better ways of life for you, and all gypsy girls! Would I be correct in saying that you’re told that you shouldn’t talk about your way of life by the MEN around you..!? Think about it! You are being brain-washed and no matter what anyone says you also have, and deserve, rights. You shouldn’t be treated in this way, and nobody has got the right to assault you, mentally or physically!

  3. natalie says:

    I want to meet at gypsy boy that will take care of me and love me forever I will hurt anybody that will beat him up

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