It’s not easy being pro-women (or just not completely crazy) in Afghanistan:
Hundreds of Afghan women were pelted by stones as they staged a protest against a new law that critics say legalises marital rape.
The 300-strong group braved crowds of bearded men, screaming ‘dogs’ and ‘Slaves of the Christians!’ as they held their demonstration in Kabul.
So, um, where to start?
Andrea adds: That’s an interesting epithet to hurl–“slaves of the Christians”–however, it highlights the reality rather well: that Christianity brings women rights in this world. It’s just too bad that the last time I heard that slur it was here in Canada. (Actually I think it was directed at my boss. As in you crazy social conservatives are religious zealots who want to enslave everyone.)
Tanya notices (again): how the media loves bad news. The article’s title stars out: “Afghan men hurl stones at 300 women…”
Maybe I’m too much of a glass-half-full kinda gal, but I think the big news story here is that ‘300 Afghan women protest Shiite law.’ How I would love to rewrite the whole article. This is great news! I particularly like that “a line of female police officers locked hands to keep the groups apart.”by