I Laugh So I Won't Cry: Kenya's Women Tell the Stories of Their Lives

I Laugh So I Won t Cry Kenya s Women Tell the Stories of Their Lives In I Laugh So I Won t Cry Kenya s women tell their stories of love struggle happiness and tragedy in their own words I Laugh strikes a balance between intimate acquaintance and a comprehensive vie

  • Title: I Laugh So I Won't Cry: Kenya's Women Tell the Stories of Their Lives
  • Author: Helena Halperin
  • ISBN: 9781592213047
  • Page: 184
  • Format: Paperback
  • In I Laugh So I Won t Cry, Kenya s women tell their stories of love, struggle, happiness, and tragedy in their own words I Laugh strikes a balance between intimate acquaintance and a comprehensive view In depth portraits allow readers to know a diverse selection of women intimately Topical chapters feature the voices of a large range of women talking about the subjectsIn I Laugh So I Won t Cry, Kenya s women tell their stories of love, struggle, happiness, and tragedy in their own words I Laugh strikes a balance between intimate acquaintance and a comprehensive view In depth portraits allow readers to know a diverse selection of women intimately Topical chapters feature the voices of a large range of women talking about the subjects closest to their hearts Chapters cover marriage, childrearing, work and getting by when there is no work, women s self help groups, genital cutting, ethnic tensions, and the new government that has promised huge reforms I Laugh shows the full panorama of women s struggles in sub Saharan Africa without sacrificing the vivid details of individual lives Subsistence farmers, herders, beggars, sex workers, office workers, hawkers, business executives and a few friends who stopped an ethnic war all speak in I Laugh So I Won t Cry I Laugh will interest readers who seek to understand the multiple realities of contemporary Africa Excerpts from I Laugh So I Won t Cry On Husbands You know, men don t like laughing with their wives Other men will say, Don t laugh with her You are showing her that you love her too much She will shame you She will make you serve tea So they just sit stony faced A man wouldn t like the woman to know how much money he has If a wife asks her husband to buy something that is needed, like soap or tea, he will ask himself, Now, how did she know that I have money in my pocket On Education Women who have been educated are respected A husband knows that she is also an independent person and can do things on her own The man is scared He thinks maybe that if he hits her she is free to leave, but an uneducated lady is just forced to stay even if she gets problems in her marriage On Female Genital Cutting Our mothers live with us They will say it must be done I can t disagree with my mother regarding my daughter But for my daughter s daughter, it will change There s the social pressure, even when they are very young Because it is being done to all her friends in school, she would feel that you are denying her right.

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    1. So many small nuances are woven through and practiced daily, but I think they would be lost on someone unfamiliar with the customs and culture. All of the emotions universal to women are included, love, happiness, and sorrow. Many of these women who wrote or told of their lives also observed changes in younger people that present a cultural shift. These changes are met with a sigh of relief but also fear anytime there is change. To understand the content of the book and the women's lives, a few [...]

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