There I was, innocently waiting for my soy mocha at Perks, when I spied this article on the front page of the New York Times.
“For centuries, in the closed-off and conservative society of rural northern Albania, swapping genders was considered a practical solution for a family with a shortage of men. Her father was killed in a blood feud, and there was no male heir. By custom, Ms. Keqi, now 78, took a vow of lifetime virginity. She lived as a man, the new patriarch, with all the swagger and trappings of male authority — including the obligation to avenge her father’s death… Pink flip-flops were her only concession to femininity”
The thing is, although she took the credit for it, she’s not the one who did the revenge killing: Her nephew did. And he was killed in return. Would her culture not allow a woman, even if she was posing as a man, to commit a revenge killing? Maybe she didn’t have it in her to kill precisely because she was a woman?
And how is it fair that she has to act like a man and remain a virgin? Isn’t unlimited sex (with impunity) one of the perks of being a man? Talk about a raw deal.