Afghan's culture of Taliban wife beaters

NY Times:

Women’s still-precarious rights in Afghanistan have begun seeping away. Girls’ schools are closing; working women are threatened; advocates are attacked; and terrified families are increasingly confining their daughters to home.

For women, instability, as much as the Taliban themselves, is the enemy. Women are casualties of the fighting, not only in the already conservative and embattled Pashtun south and east, but also in districts in the north and center of the country where other armed groups have sprung up.

As Afghan and Western governments increasingly explore reconciliation with the Taliban, women fear that the peace they long for may come at the price of rights that have improved since the Taliban government was overthrown in 2001.

“Women do not want war, but none of them want the Taliban of 1996 again; no one wants to be imprisoned in the yards of their houses,” said Rahima Zarifi, the Women’s Ministry representative from the northern Baghlan Province.

Interviews around the country with at least two dozen female members of Parliament, government officials, activists, teachers and young girls suggest a nuanced reality — fighting constricts women’s freedoms nearly as much as a Taliban government, and conservative traditions already limit women’s rights in many places.

Women, however, express a range of fears about a Taliban return, from political to domestic — that they will be shut out of negotiations about any deals with the insurgents and that the Taliban’s return would drive up bride prices, making it more profitable for a family to force girls into marriage earlier.

For many women, the prospect of a resurgence of the Taliban or other conservative groups is stark.

“It will ruin our life,” said Shougoufa, 40, as she sorted through sequins and gold sparkles at the bazaar in the city of Pul-e-Khumri in Afghanistan’s north.

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The Afghan culture has a tendency toward the misogynistic. Women and girls are regularly beaten and disfigured if they "provoke" the primitive men of Afghanistan. The Taliban are clearly the worst of the lot. Putting them back in a position of any authority would be a tragedy for Afghan women. They will be forced to wear a sack over their heads and not allowed to leave home with out a keeper.

I don't think Obama has done enough to protect woman's rights in Afghanistan. I suspect it is part of their multi culti thing. Who are they to tell a primitive to stop beating his wife?

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