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Would You Take a Vow of Celibacy to Save Your Family?


Meet the “burneshas” of Albania. They are women who chose to live as men at a time in their country when women were not granted the same rights and privileges. They adopted the fashion and mannerisms of men and took a lifetime vow of celibacy. Why? To take care of their families.

Read their heartbreaking and inspiring story here:

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is absolutely fascinating. I think the fact that this is still prevalent in society- the idea that these women live as men so that they can be granted the same privileges seems so outdated and I wonder why this is still a part of the culture. It seems like it may also have to do with sexuality?