I should have seen that coming.
Where I live divorce is frowned on, yes, is that a bad thing? Should divorce be considered “perfectly alright”? Divorce is a horrible, ugly, and painful affair, and for a society to consider it “fine” is hardly an indication of its spiritual or ethical health.
Anyway, I can assure you this isn’t the reason why arranged marriages tend to be stable and enduring. They are such because they are loving – not because “the women are actually unhappy but they’re too afraid to divorce.” It is condescending of you to think you know better. I’d say, go live for a decade or two in a country where arranged marriage is the norm, see how well these marriages work from up close, then come back here and comment.
Anyway, never mind. Westerners will never stop offering this (what you wrote) as the explanation for the low divorce-rate in arranged-marriage countries, in an attempt to “explain away” the problem that the divorce rate is through-the-roof in the West, and pre-marital sex is very common there. There is a stubborn refusal to face that fact that arranged marriage actually works very well and eliminates a few very serious problems. Yet, that’s the truth.
And by the way, arranged marriage was the norm in Europe too at least up until the early 20th century. So it’s not like arranged marriage didn’t exist in the West. It did, until the West decided to have its “liberating age” (sexual revolution etc.) while certain other parts of the world remained more traditional.
P.S. The number-one institution that continues to put a “stigma” on divorce is the RCC, by declaring it impossible. And She’s right to do so.