SWORN TO SECRECY

09.05.133:12 PM ET

Virgins Live As Men in Albania

Grants them rights in patriarchal society.

There’s a longstanding tradition in Albania where “sworn virgins” choose to shed their female identities at a young age to live as men. Photographer Jill Peters spent time capturing images of these sworn virgins in a vivid photo series called He/She/He. According to her website, tribal law states that a woman is the property of her husband. Alternatively, the woman can adopt the clothing and gestures of a man and will automatically receive all the rights that men are entitled to—but she has to take a vow of celibacy.

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