Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Albania's small town charm

I've recently been made aware of a blog which ignores whatever lame cause various protesters are promoting in order to graphically objectify the more attractive of the protesters. Pretty legit.

Anyway, this is related to Albania, because the first thing I noticed upon reading this article was that a certain home-bound, death-sentenced, reading-level-of-a-twelve-year-old Albanian boy is a fox. Not to mention the fact that he has never been able to have a girlfriend, he dreams of a normal life, he wants to be whisked away from Albania...he's the male Rapunzel!

Okay, now that that's out of my system, here's the deal: Certain areas of Albania still follow the Kanun, a code of behavior that has been passed on for more than 500 years, in which “blood must be paid with blood,” with a victim’s family authorized to avenge a slaying by killing any of the killer’s male relatives. The Albanian constitution used to be based on it. What. And now an estimated 1,000 children are kept locked up so that they won't be avenged in the streets.

This law in itself is enough for me to make a mental note to never go to Albania, but then they have to go and inform me that one dude killed an ice cream man for not selling his kid a cone. Way to ruin ice cream, Albanian dude.

Luckily, there's an upside to all this senseless killing. Since only the men are targetted, there ends up being a shortage of them in Albanian villages. So women, just like Rosy the Riveter, stepped up to the plate. Taking a vow of celibacy, these women were the de facto men of their respective households. Nowadays, with western infiltration telling women that they can be free as women and not as men, there's not such a need for this lifestyle anymore. The men can go on getting killed while single motherdom will become the norm, just like in inner-city America. Way to enter into modernity, Albania!

1 comment:

  1. This was a great learning post! Thanks!

    I like this guy:

    Too bad I will have to support his striking French ass (hey-oh!).