“I know you’re still young but I want you to understand and learn this now. Marriage can wait, education cannot. You’re a very very bright girl. Truly you are. You can be anything you want Laila. I know this about you. And I also know that when this war is over Afghanistan is going to need you as much as its men maybe even more. Because a society has no chance of success if its women are uneducated Laila. No chance.”—Khaled Hosseini, A Thousand Splendid Suns (via chaishiiirin)
I’ve been reading so much about afghan women lately and been amongts them since the first time I opened my eyes. However there is one very controversial thing I found in the history of Afghanistan, apart from feminist mvts such as RAWA and some afghan women demonstrations, Afghan women do not want their rights as much as they should. I do accept the fact that they are strong women and we have very educated and intelligent ones amongts us, however more than the majority of afghan women are not ready to get any rights because there is seem to be this disability. To be more precise there is a curtain in most afghan women’s mind that they cannot go further than their family lives….
This curtain has been imposed upon them from Middle-Age and falsely using the name of Islam for justfiying its practice. Afghan women should be reminded that the Prophet encouraged women to study and improve their intelligence.
and this curtain needs to be lifted up, otherwise Afghanistan’s not ready to develop,
also taking into account the history of women rights around the globe, the rights were given to the women around the world because they asked for.
My mother and her 5 sisters were educated and career-orientated women in Afghanistan’s 70s.
Meena Kamal, the founder of RAWA once said that ’‘Afghan women are like sleeping lions, when they awoken, can play a wonderful role in any social revolution”;
And I do believe that they are sleeping lions and they are sleeping very deeply,
but time has come for them to wake up before losing another century in misery, and would never doubt their qualities but those qualities are worthless is not used to improve their lives and their wattan’s.
“I’ve seen a ton on the facebooks about “thanking veterans for their service.” As a veteran let me just be very straightforward and honest with you. We didn’t “serve our country”; we don’t actually serve our brothers/sisters or our neighbors. We serve the interests of Capital. We never risked our lives or spent months on deployment away from our family and friends so they can have this abstract concept called “freedom”. We served big oil; big coal; Coca-Cola; Kellogg, Brown, and Root and all the other big Capital interests who don’t know a fucking thing about sacrifice. These people will never have to deal with the loss of a loved one or the physical and/or psychological scars that those who “serve”, and their families, have to deal with for the rest of their lives. The most patriotic thing someone can do is to tell truth to power and dedicate yourself to building power to overthrow these sociopathic assholes. I served with some of the most real and genuine people I’ve ever met. You’ll never see solidarity like the kind of solidarity you experience when your life depends on the person next to you. But most of us didn’t join for that; we joined because we were fucking poor and didn’t have many other options.”—
I never want to berate or belittle soldiers in the Armed Forces, because I know most of them join the military out of a lack of options, but what they do is not heroic. Saying “soldiers are heroes” would be implying that American imperialism is in any way, shape or form, a noble cause.
Same here.. my husband is a disabled veteran (physical and PTSD) so he basically gave up his whole fucking life for this piece of shit government. We are both staunchly anti-capitalist and live with the repurcussions of serving the Capital every single day. Ugh.