Gypsy dating rituals
Marrying outside of your tribe is considered blasphemy.
Modern day women are not really encouraged keep their chastity belts on anymore.
"Grabbing has never happened to me or any of my friends and the first time I ever saw it was on the telly," says Mary who is Traveller.
"I wouldn't put up with it, and I don't know why they made out we all do it.
Young girls are expected to marry between the ages of 16 and 18, although some Roma are now saying that only 18 is an acceptable age. These marriages are generally arranged by the boy’s family, who look for a strong Roma girl to join their family.
Tradition holds that a girl should have no more than four boyfriends beforehand, and she is encouraged to turn down suitors multiple times before eventually giving her OK. As with many close-knit religions and groups, it is very important that Romani marry other Romani.
But Gypsy women are supposed to have v-cards, and most of them stick to this notion.
Most of us conjure up the Disney version; a guarded, mysterious woman draped in layers of clothing with bangles adorning her body. First of all, let us deal with the biggest misnomer about gypsies—that there is only one genre and they all go by the same name.
We picture her next to a wagon, perhaps, for everyone knows that gypsies are travellers, right? This is completely false and leads to a lot of incorrect generalizations.
The stereotype of a gypsy man is far worse; he steals things. There are actually two main types of Gypsies—Roma Gypsies and Irish Travellers.
Chastity is no longer something that most people admire.
Most women have done it by the time they get married, and have had multiple partners.
It's just one nasty boy they showed." Thanks again, reality television.