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South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Banning child and forced marriages is gaining traction in Africa

The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
Artworks by deceased South African artist Helen Martins. The cultural and creative industries are key for social and economic development. EPA/Kim Ludbrook

Why art and culture contribute more to an economy than growth and jobs

South Africa is increasingly beginning to focus on the potential role cultural and creative industries can play in job creation and economic growth.
John Legend poses with wife Chrissy Teigen after winning an Oscar at the 2015 Academy Awards. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Why the ‘no pretty nannies’ debate matters

When a pregnant celebrity announces "no hot nannies," what does it say about parenting, gender roles and our culture?
Love complicates the complex marriage deals arranged by parents on the island of Tanna, though rarely with such profound ramifications as those depicted in the film. Contact Films

Award-winning film Tanna sets Romeo and Juliet in the south Pacific

The new Australian film Tanna, which won two awards at Venice Film Festival, is as much a tale about romance as it is globalisation.
Music notation itself has changed from the early modern period to the present day. Provenance Online Project/flickr

Musical literacy: a skill of some note(s)

Technological advances in music production have all but obliterated the need for popular music to be transcribed into musical notation. So why is musical literacy still important?
A number of IS videos feature the songs of Maher Mesh'al, who was killed over the summer in Syria. YouTube

For the Islamic State, music is the ‘alcohol of the soul’

Whether it's the Islamic State, the Ku Klux Klan – or, yes, even American political parties – groups use music in many of the same ways, for many of the same reasons.
Are women really each other’s worst enemies? Probably not. Everett Collection/Shutterstock

The myth that women secretly hate other women has a long history

Depictions of women bullying women are a mainstay of reality television shows, just as reports of Twitter fights between female celebrities are regular tabloid fare. It's a phenomenon with a long history.

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