Like most little girls, I was raised to believe that virginity is a sacred gift a woman should reserve for just the right man. But college taught me that this concept is just a tool to keep the status quo intact. Deflowering is historically oppressive—early European marriages began with a dowry, in which a father would sell his virginal daughter to the man whose family could offer the most agricultural wealth. Dads were basically their daughters’ pimps.Now, I may be just another simple white male yokel from that stretch of land between New York and Los Angeles called America, and I certainly don’t have advanced training in Womyn's studies (well, perhaps in the more traditional sense he he), but is this how European dowrys worked?
From all I have read about dowrys in Europe (which consists of googling it for about the past 90 minutes), the bride’s family paid. All the warfare in Europe made single young men much more rare than women, and the famailes paid to offload the daughters.