AIDS interventions are often funded from afar and fail to realize the people they’re trying to assist have opinions on AIDS interventions.
“Confronting a Sexual Rite of Passage in Malawi”, published by The Atlantic last Monday, is misleading and continues a long tradition of ethnocentric, sensationalist reporting on Africa. The article tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl, Grace Mwase, of Chiradzulu District in Malawi, saying that she defied a tradition of sleeping with an older man after she went through an initiation ceremony at the age of 10. I am not an expert on culture and customs in Malawi and one doesn’t have to be to get the story straight on customs and their impact on a community.
Which is worse: Americans not knowing anything about Malawi, or that’s where Madonna adopted children and wasted money?