I think in general (and sorry for the generalization), people here feel threatened when non-related males speak to or engage in any manner women in public. I am aware it is not about a lack of education or over zealousness of faith either. Many things I see as part of Afghan culture for example are in actuality antithesis of Islamic ideas and ideals. The absurdity of how much women protect themselves or are protected by men from outside eyes is also when I realize how American I am in this milieu and how the Afghan culture of the diaspora is a hybrid product of America (or Europe, Australia, etc.) and the Afghanistan many left behind 30-20 years ago.
Posted By Zarin Hamid
Posted Jul 21st, 2010