Fewer Albanians Are Becoming Sworn Virgins
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Thereâ€™s an interesting article about in the Times about the decline of Albanian sworn virgins. Sworn virgins are people who were born as women but take an oath of virginity and live as men. The article theorizes that theyâ€™re declining because of increased gender equality; itâ€™s no longer shameful to have a woman-headed household, and the lines between â€œmanâ€ and â€œwomanâ€ are not as rigid as they used to be â€” meaning that women can do things that were traditionally in the male sphere while still living as women. Itâ€™s an interesting look at both the fluidity and rigidness of gender â€”while itâ€™s possible for people born as women to â€œcross overâ€ and live as men (and be totally socially accepted and understood as men), the only way they can do that is to fully embrace traditional gender roles. Further, only women can cross over â€” there arenâ€™t men who can acceptably choose to live as women.
Itâ€™s an interesting piece. Thoughts?