JAMAICA *: Love v. Marriage


Every time me 'member Charlie Water come in my eye. When me 'member them moonshine nights, Water come in my eye. Now me pickney*come born so pretty, And no papa for see, Charlie sail to England and left me— Water come in my eye.

—Jamaican calypso

The last time heads were counted, the figures showed that seven of every ten Jamaicans were born out of wedlock. But who cares? Each May, during Baby & Child Week, every child, legitimate or illegitimate, is welcome to compete in the baby beauty contest; the only distinction is that winners whose parents are married get...

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