A Witch is born out of the true hungers of her time. I am a child of the poisonous wind that copulated with the river on an oil-slick, garbage infested midnight. I turn about on my own parentage. I inoculate against those very biles that brought me to light. I am a serum born of venoms. I am the antibody of all time.
Long After Midnight, Ray Bradbury (via nezua)
(Source: talisman, via nezua)
In Malawi, some villages have started punishing parents who marry off young daughters.
Patriarchy runs deep in Africa. When a girl marries young, experts say, she’s often little more than a servant and is vulnerable to domestic violence. Arinafe says her husband was older — she’s not sure by how much — and taller.
"The first day, it was like he was big and I felt very small," she says. I ask about her first night with the man, and she looks down to the side as she answers.
"I cried because the pain was very unbearable," she says. "He asked, ‘Why are you crying?’ I said, ‘I’m feeling too much pain,’ but he continued. Unfortunately, I got pregnant."
She and her husband have since divorced. Arinafe’s mother, Rose, is not happy about the split.
"My daughter was running around too much," she tells me. "I thought marriage would settle her down." Arinafe says she wants to go back to school, but when I ask her mother about that possibility, her face hardens.
"It’s more difficult than ever to come up with the school fees," she says. "My daughter used to sell oranges and mangoes. Now, she has to carry a baby on her back."
Today my first academic paper was published by the online journal Student Anthropologist. I’ve been working on my paper, “The Aesthetics of Deformity and the Construction of the Freak,” for over two years now. I couldn’t be more proud that it’s finally in print.
My essay, and the other wonderful anthropological articles featured in this issue, can be found here:http://studentanthropologist.wordpress.com/2013-student-anthropologist-3-2/