Tuesday, March 28, 2006


How much beliefs differ across space fascinates me. I will discuss beliefs in more depth later, but here are some startling facts on the beliefs of women in Africa from the freakonomics blog:

In a sample of 13 African countries between 1999 and 2004, 52% of women surveyed say they think that wife beating is justified if she neglects the children; around 45% think it’s justified if she goes out without telling the husband or argues with him; 36% if she refuses sex, and 30% if she burns the food.

And this is what the women think.

We live in a strange world.

(Source: Demographic and Health Surveys, publicly available at www.measuredhs.com. Thanks to Emily Oster for forwarding these statistics to me.)

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