Aids is not witchcraft


Besides the interesting and obvious issue of AIDS being associated with witchcraft, I think this sign is interesting on another level. The western eye would immediately see this as targeting gay men. But I don't think it is. In Malawi (and many other countries) it is very common for straight men to hold hands in public. Just this weekend Claudia and I saw a very tough, macho looking guy holding hands with a friend walking down the street. I don't think a Malawian looking at a picture like this would associate the two men as being gay. Yet the more I look at the picture, the less certain I am of the artist's intent. The eyes, the posture, the message - I just don't know!

1 Response to Aids is not witchcraft

  1. Oddly enough, the first thing I noticed was the skin tones of the two men. I can only come up with guesses, probably all wildly wrong, as to why this would be the case.

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