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Family System of the East vs of the West

As feminism has had its course and as college education has become common among girls, the family system has changed as a side effect, especially in the west. In the older days, the man of the family was supposed to earn while the woman's prime duty was to look after the household. This meant that the woman or the mother had a greater amount of time to spend with the children and spend looking after her husband; this lead to greater bonding among the family members. It is still the same in most of the households here in the east. But, in the west, now as educated women have joined the men in the workplaces, it has signalled a titanic shift in the family systems of old. The number one priority for many women now is their careers and family has taken a back seat. Some 58.6% percent of women aged above 16 are working in the US as compared to only 29% in India. This shows that the women in the east generally tend to stay at home and invest more of their time in their families compared to their western counterparts.

Is this a Good Thing?

Economic statistics show that the participation of women in the workplace strengthens the economy. But this comes at the cost of family life. The kids do not get as much care from a working woman as they can get from a stay-at-home woman when growing up. This extra care can often mean the difference between the kid becoming a well-groomed, responsible citizen or becoming an unkempt, irresponsible one who is a burden on the state and the society.

How Family Life Helps Everyone

Family is the closest a person comes to anyone in his or her life. When a person does not have a family he or she is close with, then the person does not have anyone to share his or her feelings with in times of stress and fatigue. This often results in depression and loneliness which are some prime causes of unhappiness among people in the west. Despite being financially stable, these people cannot find happiness due to the lack of a happy family life. When the family is happy and close to each other, then they share their feelings and experiences with each other, and help each other out of life's challenges.

Therefore, it is undoubtedly important that women contribute to the economy and the society by working in the work-places, but family life should not be sacrificed for this end. Family should still be the number one priority for women.

Alternative to E-Cigarette

The number of people who smoke cigarettes in this world is an astonishing 1.1 billion. Some 15 million cigarettes are bought everyday and 5 trillion of them are manufactured and sold around the world every year. Considering the health hazards surrounding smoking, these are alarming statistics. Tobacco use accounts for nearly 30% of all cancer deaths and it is the cause of 87% of the lung cancer deaths in men and 70% in women. There is a need to look for alternatives to stop people from smoking cigarettes. There is an alternative to smoking that one can try, and this is described below.

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes as they are generally known, have stormed the market recently by claiming to offer a much safer smoking experience. The companies producing these e-cigarettes claim that they are not as harmful as cigarettes. They claim that as e-cigarettes supply nicotine in vapor forms as opposed to smoke, is safer because of no combustion. In this way, smoking e-cigarettes is a lot safer than smoking normal cigarettes.

This claim has been tested by many studies and results have shown that these claims cannot be regarded as true. E-cigarettes, as it is claimed, are as dangerous as cigarettes and are in no way safer because the nicotine is still being supplied from the tobacco.

It seems that anything that claims to be safe and yet imitates smoking is too good to be true. Smoking is bad for health and bad for the society generally and it has to be rooted out entirely. For this purpose, some techniques are in place for smokers who want to quit smoking.

Alternative

People looking to overcome smoking can look for medical advice. There is a treatment in place called Nicotine Replace Therapy (NRT) where nicotine nasal spray, nicotine inhaler and other medications are used to control the urge to smoke. A smoker is attracted to smoking not just by the drug but by the physical and mental urges to smoke. If the effect of the drug is recreated through medication, then the physical and mental addiction can somehow by controlled first. Once this is in check, then the smoker can slowly decrease the intake of nicotine to the point where it can be completely controlled and smoking can be quit as a habit.

The easiest way to not be a smoker is to not start it. Once you have got a taste for it, it's hard to resist. But still, there is hope for smokers. If they are determined to quit it, they can.

The Trending Popularity of Antagonists in Mainstream Movies

The latest Disney outing Maleficent stars Angelina Jolie as the main character. She plays the role of the witch in the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty. But this movie casts her not as a witch but as a misunderstood fairy who was not evil as she was made out to be in the fairy tale. It is a role of a villain in a story told to all children. But giving the main role to a villain from an earlier story continues a recent trend of villains gaining more and more importance in the movie world.

The Fabulous Dark Knight Trilogy Villains

In The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger produced such a stunning performance as the Joker, that there are now more Joker fans around than Batman fans. Joke's lines are still remembered and every Joker scene from that movie has been watched over and over again by Batman- or maybe Joker fans. The Dark Knight trilogy is particularly famous for fielding some absolutely great villains. In addition to Joker, Bane, Ra's Al Ghul, Harvey Dent and Scarecrow are themselves scary and intimidating antagonists.

The Hangover' Chow

In The Hangover, there is an Asian character Chow who is the head of a criminal gang. This little Asian is basically a bad guy who kidnaps another character in the movie. But Ken Jeong's hilarious acting and his very interesting character made everyone like the little guy so much that he doesn't sound like a villain at all anymore.

Jason Statham and Fast & Furious 7

The upcoming Fast and Furious movie will star the popular Jason Statham as the villain. Jason Statham has previously appeared as the hero in the Transporter series of movies. Starring such a popular household name as the villain goes to show the importance of a strong villain to the films. For a movie to be successful, it has to have the villain as impressive as the hero.

But recently, the performance of villains has been so impressive, that some of them have become as famous as the heroes themselves. Maybe this feeling has led big movie houses like Disney to make movies starring a traditional villain as the central character of the movie. Maleficent is the first movie of this kind and it has been pretty successful at the box office taking in $ 580 million against a budget of $180 million. So this strategy has paid off well, but we will have to wait and see if the next movies perform as well as this.

Popularity of Wimbledon Tarnished by the FIFA World Cup

Wimbledon is arguably the most prestigious tennis tournament of the year. Thousands turn up every year in the London courts, waiting for whole days to get tickets and the final of the tournament has the same number of fans outside the courts as are inside of it; those poor fans who could not get their hands on tickets, watching the match on the big screen outside of it. The traditional white clothing of Wimbledon against the green grass courts is an iconic view of a tennis master class.

A Clash of Titanic Events

But this year, Wimbledon has clashed, as it does every four years, with another sporting event of an even bigger scale; The FIFA World Cup. 32 teams from all over the world have gathered in Brazil to play for the ultimate prize in football.

FIFA World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is the world's second biggest sporting event- second only to the Olympics. As the World Cup kicks off, hype on the media and social media has soared. With every match shown live on TV and the media providing live coverage before and after the match, this event has the attention of everyone. News channels show the keep the viewers updated about every goal, and the football fever has truly gripped the world.

If the mainstream media wasn't enough, the World Cup is also the most discussed thing on Twitter and Facebook. Since the start of the event, it has been mentioned 70 million times and it is expected that some 3.2 billion people will watch the World Cup on TV, making it the most watched sporting event ever.

The World Cup's Long Shadow

In this scenario, the Wimbledon 2014, although still important, is being overshadowed by the FIFA World Cup. There has been a 20% drop in tickets bought for the World Cup which is attributed to the popularity of and the interest in the World Cup. As the World Cup grabs the attention of most of the people, only hardcore tennis enthusiasts and maybe the people in London are gripped by the Wimbledon this year. Although both events are global sporting events, but the fact that the World Cup takes place once every four that the sheer scale of it is unmatchable by the smaller Wimbledon tournament has meant lesser viewers for Wimbledon this year.

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Why Arranged Marriage Can Work Out

The concept of an arranged marriage sounds so ridiculous, doesn't it?

"Am I supposed to marry someone I haven't ever even properly talked to? How do I know she is made for me? She might be just the opposite of what I am looking for!" These are the typical arguments you get when you try to talk a youngster of today's world into an arranged marriage.

What the Stats Say

But actually, statistics show that arrange marriages have a greater chance of being successful than love marriages.

Countries like Pakistan where an overwhelming number of marriages are arranged marriages have drastically lower divorce rates than most western countries.

But a family staying together is one thing; their staying happy is quite another. The reason for lower divorce rates can be put down to a patriarchal society where it is difficult, bordering on impossible for a woman to function alone. Hence, women are forced to stay with their husbands despite all the problems because they simply have no other option.

Arranged Marriages Do Make Sense

But arranged marriages are still not as illogical as they first seem. When an arranged marriage is set up, many factors are considered, starting from financial background, education etc. down to the reputation of the families in the society. Only when these things match up, the marriage is ready to go ahead.

When the marrying couple is so similar in background and upbringing, it is very likely that they have similar goals in life, similar habits and similar demands out of each other. These makes things simple for them and makes it easy for them to live with each other.

A common problem that people have with arranged marriages is that you don't know the person you are marrying personally. Well, my experience with the world tells me that people are generally good-natured, especially if you are clever enough to work their personality out quickly and act accordingly. In an arranged marriage, there is a high percentage chance that the person you are being wed to is a decent soul. But, okay, there is a chance that he or she could be a horrible person, impossible to live with. But marriage is a risk anyway, and you just have to accept it.

Arranged Marriage is the Safer Way

In an arranged marriage, a conflict of personality is probably thing that could ruin the family. In a love marriage, where people marry into different kinds of families, in different nationalities, in different societies just because they are in love, the family could be broken apart by many other things too. Arguments could break out due to the so many differences. In my opinion, an arranged marriage is the much safer path with a higher chance of success.

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