« on: December 01, 2011, 05:17:39 pm »
And then I want to address the "most men are rapists and in fact hold back" statement because I've heard it too. I think Muslim men are actually taught this, and that's a large part of the justification for hiding their wives and girl children. That men are really beasts inside that can't hold themselves back, and to present a woman in any form except covered so that you really can't tell if she's a man or woman undearneath everything, is to wave her vagina in his face as if it's for the taking. Right here, right now.
It's a shocking idea, to me, because I wasn't raised to think of men or boys as that impulsive. I was raised to think people might have self-control issues, and there were those sick assholes who wanted to hurt people because of opportunity, let alone motive. But I was not raised to think men patrolled the streets thinking of who they could sexually take advantage of just because they were in the general vicinity.
But from what I've heard Afghans say, this is very much their upbringing. And this is why women are to be not even seen let alone heard if the men in the room are not their relatives.
Now, of course, this covers up all sorts of ugly underbelly no one in Afghan society wants to deal with. Like the ritual rape and sexual slavery of boys, for example. Who get to be around lascivious old farts that can ass rape them at will because they want to and have money to pay their families.
Or the complete subjugation of girls as soon as they're married.
Yeah, so anyway...I think it might also be a cultural ill here, too.