Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2015
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How are Armenians considering kartus ?
The main result of the short survey* conducted in Yerevan is that Armenian consider kartus as a part of the culture. Kartus are very respectful of traditions but never question them. In this sense they have very old-fashioned principles and expectations, for some Armenians there are some kartu traditions that can be saved, such as the respect of the family, but they need to adapt to social and societal changes.
One man interrogated expressed his surprise about our questionning: to him, kartus are an integral part of the Armenian society, and even though most Armenian consider them in a bad way, they still represent a non-negligible part of the population. He showed no interest in fighting such traditionalist behaviour: this is revealing of the fact that kartus are included as a part the culture which, even if it is bad, will not be questionned or reconsidered by the other parts of the population.
Women generally have a negative opinion of kartus, denouncing their lack of respect for women and their close-mindedness, and wishing they would not exist. Surprisingly enough though, some women share parts of the kartu way of thinking and thus participate into generalizing and justifying the stereotype: they don't consider themselves as equal to men, expect their husband to pay for their every expenses, and never question the fact that their sole role in the family will be to take care of their children and husband. This can also be a reason for the abundance of kartu presence in Armenia: if women are not repealled by their appearance and mentality, and if society is accepting them and even creating them, why should they change, nor even put their behaviour into question ?