Madcap (zimdanen) wrote,

Barbara Walters of 20/20 (ABC Television) did a story on gender roles in
Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that
women customarily walked 5 paces behind their husbands. She recently
returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands.

From Ms. Walters vantage point, despite the overthrow of the oppressive
Taliban regime, the women now seem to walk even further back behind their
husbands and are happy to maintain the old custom.

Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked, "Why do you now
seem happy with the old custom that you once tried so desperately to

The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation,
said, "Land mines."
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