haunting and very thought provoking
There was an article on the BBC site today about women in Afghanistan who self-immolate, and it left an indelible impression.
In a women's studies class a few years ago, we had a discussion on this topic. Apparently there is research indicating some women who wear the burkhas feel more safe and free with them than without them. Of course, in their society, it probably is safer to wear them. It seems illogical to me at the time, but it presented a different perspective, which is really what education is all about, isn't it?
It really depends on the society and whether the woman has any autonomy or human contact. If a woman was educated, working, and suddenly came under Taliban rule - forced not only to wear a burkha but also trapped indoors and turned into a non-person, it's not hard to imagine how some would choose suicide. It's really on the order of genital mutilation in my opinion - an erasure.
thanks for the reminder. invaluable.
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