Why Straight Women Are Marrying Each Other
Abigail Haworth | Marie Claire
“As members of the Kurya tribe, a cattle-herding community with a population of roughly 700,000 spread across northern Tanzania, Juma and her wife, Mugosi, 49, are married under a local tradition called nyumba ntobhu (‘house of women’). The practice allows women to marry each other to preserve their livelihoods in the absence of husbands. Among the tribe—one of more than 120 in the country of 55 million people—female couples make up 10 to 15 percent of households, according to Kurya elders. The unions involve women living, cooking, working, and raising children together, even sharing a bed, but they don't have sex.”
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Fishing in Guantanamo Bay
Ed Augustin | Roads and Kingdoms
“It feels like the prison really couldn’t be further away. While we have come to associate Guantánamo Bay with torture, rendition, and indefinite detention, coverage of the prison in Cuba is glossed over. You hear about it less in Cuba than in much of the rest of the world.
Part of the explanation is that America is not the bad guy anymore. Keen to patch things up with the Americans, Cuban officials have instructed journalists in the country to stop using words like ‘enemy’, ‘empire’ and ‘monster’ when referring to the US. Another reason is that through Cuban eyes, Guantánamo Bay looks completely different.”