- Posted June 6, 2014 by
The Real War on Women – Brought to you by the Taliban
The US has struck a bargain with the Taliban; for one buck sergeant, our enemy got 5 high level terrorists. So what kind of people did we negotiate with? What kind of people did we release?
Since it has been a while since we have really looked at who the Taliban is and we are a nation hyper-focused on the war on women, I thought I would take this opportunity to remind you of all the things that the Taliban have done to women while they were in power. I suppose if we are negotiating with them, there is a potential that they may rule again.
If they do regain power, this is what the women have to look forward to enduring once again:
• Women should not appear in the streets without a blood relative and without wearing a burqa
• Women should not wear high-heeled shoes as no man should hear a woman’s footsteps lest it excite him
• Women must not speak loudly in public as no stranger should hear a woman's voice
• All ground and first floor residential windows should be painted over or screened to prevent women being visible from the street
• The photographing or filming of women was banned as was displaying pictures of females in newspapers, books, shops or the home
• The modification of any place names that included the word "women". For example, "women's garden" was renamed "spring garden".
• Women were forbidden to appear on the balconies of their apartments or houses
• Ban on women's presence on radio, television or at public gatherings of any kind
This makes our war on women look pretty lame. We are worrying about women’s access to birth control and abortion while these people are worried that the sound of a woman’s footstep might excite a man. Of course women aren't allowed to get out much so there is little chance of tempting a man with mere footsteps.
During the Taliban rule, they allowed and in some cases encouraged marriage for girls under the age of 16. According to Amnesty International, 80% of marriages were considered to be arranged by force.
Our war on women here has focused on income equality for women doing the same work as a man. No problem with that one under Taliban rule, women just were not allowed to work, and not allowed to be educated. So a woman’s life under Taliban rule is dependent on a man. She has no way to earn money, she has no way to travel without a man, and when she does get to go out she has to walk with silent feet.
There are people that hate the war in Afghanistan and in some ways I hate it too. I wish that Radical Islam would go away and shrink back into the religion that it once was. But Radical Islam is not going away; in fact it is has grown for the last few years and will continue to grow and expand unless someone stops the growth.
Our president has made it clear in recent speeches that the US no longer needs to function as the policeman of the world, but if not us, who?
Who will stand up for the human rights atrocities?
Who will make sure that the women of Afghanistan are not married off as children and locked away from society?