In the section on “the charateristics and difficulties of partner selection”, Durst et al. (2014) discuss the struggles of Romani women when finding a suitable partner, some of which develop due to the education and work goals and achievements of these women. “The main reasons for the high rate of divorce, however, originated in the “marry downwards” tendency among our graduate Roma women. Either because after some time the highly educated woman has “grown above” or “mentally advanced beyond” her less educated husband and they had nothing left in common; or because the less educated man started to feel inferior to his partner/wife” (Durst el al., 2014, p. 182). Why do think these differences in status affect differently the women than men who tend to marry “upward”? Do you see evidence of status differences among women and men affecting relationship in your community, if so, how?
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Discuss the struggles of Romani women when finding a suitable partner