1. If women are given permission to drive, there will be less virgins in the country.
2. Women should not use the air conditioner at home during the day during office hours so a passer-by doesn’t become aware a woman is home alone, so as to reduce her chances of being raped in the absence of her husband.
3. Women who are coming out to work in retail and offices should be molested so they return back home and protect their chastity.
4. Women completely covered get chased all around the mall just to be told that they have french-manicured their fingernails and it is haraam.
5. When there are female proctors at an all-male exam, if they do not cover their hair, they are serving as a severe distraction for examinees who are trying “so hard” to concentrate and pass the exams. Their revealing dark hair which blends into the Abaya anyways will be the cause of their failure even if the women were at the other corner of the exam hall (this right here is my personal experience - I’d have taken a picture of the complaint except it would have violated exam policies).
When I leave this country, the only reason I’m ever stepping foot again here is for pilgrimage purposes and nothing else.
Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you…it means that you do not treat your body as a commodity with which to purchase superficial intimacy or economic security; for our bodies to be treated as objects, our minds are in mortal danger. It means insisting that those to whom you give your friendship and love are able to respect your mind. It means being able to say, with Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre:
"I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all the extraneous delights should be withheld or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give."
Responsibility to yourself means that you don’t fall for shallow and easy solutions—predigested books and ideas…marrying early as an escape from real decisions, getting pregnant as an evasion of already existing problems. It means that you refuse to sell your talents and aspirations short…and this, in turn, means resisting the forces in society which say that women should be nice, play safe, have low professional expectations, drown in love and forget about work, live through others, and stay in the places assigned to us. It means that we insist on a life of meaningful work, insist that work be as meaningful as love and friendship in our lives. It means, therefore, the courage to be “different”…The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.
- Adrienne Rich
"Lets get this straight once and for all: all humans are equal and none is superior to another- regardless of what religion or country you are from. The idea that men are above women does not belong in the 21st century and any Afghan, who is a true nationalist and anti-imperialist, will realize the fact that women are essential in the process of developing our country and stop using inaccurate excuses such as that women are intellectually inferior to stop women from participating in the construction of a new brave nation. If you are truly anti-Western imperialism in Afghanistan, you should support an agenda that supports women’s rights so that they can join the forces of young men in making Afghanistan an independent nation that is able to compete in the 21st century, not preach a stone-age idea that polarizes men and women and assigns inferiority to one. Preventing women from participating in the society fully based on laws that are inhumane and irrational thinking that uses religion as a tool to marginalize them will only lead to the perpetuation of the dependence of Afghanistan on Western and non-Western countries that want us to depend on them forever and be mental, political and economic slaves. An independent Afghanistan is impossible without independent women."
— - Noorjahan Akbar (via afghanistaninphotos)
"How is man to recognize his full self, his full power through the eyes of an incomplete woman? The woman who has been stripped of Goddess recognition and diminished to a big ass and full breast for physical comfort only. The woman who has been silenced so she may forget her spiritual essence because her words stir too much thought outside of the pleasure space. The woman who has been diminished to covering all that rots inside of her with weaves and red bottom shoes.
I am sure the men, who restructured our societies from cultures that honored woman, had no idea of the outcome. They had no idea that eventually, even men would render themselves empty and longing for meaning, depth and connection.
There is a deep sadness when I witness a man that can’t recognize the emptiness he feels when he objectifies himself as a bank and truly believes he can buy love with things and status. It is painful to witness the betrayal when a woman takes him up on that offer.
He doesn’t recognize that the [creation] of a half woman has contributed to his repressed anger and frustration of feeling he is not enough. He then may love no woman or keep many half women as his prize.
He doesn’t recognize that it’s his submersion in the imbalanced warrior culture, where violence is the means of getting respect and power, as the reason he can break the face of the woman who bore him 4 four children.
When woman is lost, so is man. The truth is, woman is the window to a man’s heart and a man’s heart is the gateway to his soul.
Power and control will NEVER outweigh love.
- Jada Pinkett-Smith on “The War On Men Through The Degradation Of Woman”
"If owning a gun and knowing how to use it worked, the military would be the safest place for a woman. It’s not.
If women covering up their bodies worked, Afghanistan would have a lower rate of sexual assault than Polynesia. It doesn’t.
If not drinking alcohol worked, children would not be raped. They are.
If your advice to a woman to avoid rape is to be the most modestly dressed, soberest and first to go home, you may as well add “so the rapist will choose someone else”.
If your response to hearing a woman has been raped is “she didn’t have to go to that bar/nightclub/party” you are saying that you want bars, nightclubs and parties to have no women in them. Unless you want the women to show up, but wear kaftans and drink orange juice. Good luck selling either of those options to your friends.
Or you could just be honest and say that you don’t want less rape, you want (even) less prosecution of rapists."
— A Short Post on Rape Prevention (via brute-reason)
It’s not impossible to make world understand this. However, breaking their several barriers of ignorance seem to be just that.