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Poch Peralta

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Ross Macdonald said 'A debutante ball is the closest thing we have to slave markets.' Do you agree?

In Manila, even the lower classes practice this ball and I don't see why not.
'A debutante (from the French débutante, "female beginner") is a girl or young lady from an aristocratic or upper class family who has reached the age of maturity and, as a new adult, is introduced to society at a formal "debut" presentation. Originally, it meant the young woman was eligible to marry, and part of the purpose was to display her to eligible bachelors and their families with a view to marriage within a select upper class circle...'
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debutante

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  • Jan 14 2014: In the US, I believe that the "Debutante Balls" are now considered an experience and a party. It is not the "coming out" nor the method to meet the opposite sex that it once was. There are cultures that still cling to that approach but they seem to be declining. The International Debutante Ball in New York city has seen a decline of debutantes and number of people attending. Interviewing the debutantes, the NY Times seemed to indicate that they thought of it as a very expensive party.
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      Jan 14 2014: Well, if "Debutante Ball" is only for the aristocrats or upper class
      as it originally was, then it's better if it becomes history or transformed for all classes.
      The NY Times was right to indicate it as a very expensive party. Wikipedia's definition of
      'debutante':
      'A debutante (from the French débutante, "female beginner") is a girl or young lady from
      an aristocratic or upper class family who has reached the age of maturity...'
      • Jan 14 2014: It was also a coming out or a "ceremony" for adulthood for the women. I do not think it does those functions today.

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