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I am a survivor of an Islamic Temporary Marriage, called a mut’ah. I can attest that framing child
marriages as cutesy and heartwarming rather than complex misogynistic practices is
Child marriage is never okay—permanent or temporary.
Despite their name, temporary marriages are anything but temporary; they change a child’s life
forever. The NYT article also failed to acknowledge mut’ahs are often covers for prostitution and
sex with children.
Girls around the world are forced into temporary marriages against their will. They’re Likely
alone in dark rooms with men who are often strangers and much older than them. Likely, they
aren’t wearing wedding dresses. Or smiling.
Making light of a subject with enormous global consequences is unforgivable.
Next time, listen to a survivor. Tell her story.

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