Where are the women

Old Blog Import

From Body and Soul:

One of the things that struck me watching the crowds tearing down the statues of Saddam Hussein was that I didn’t see any women. Another thing that struck me was that no one commented on this — as if streets without women were entirely normal. Pardon my stereotypically feminist response, but to me a world wiped clean of women is a little disturbing. It seems to say, Here is the future of Iraq. And people of your gender aren’t in it.” I don’t want to be a party-pooper, but it seems that about 65% of Iraq didn’t get its invitation to the party.

I hope that’s not the future of Iraq.

As was pointed out by Atrios, women in Afghanistan were much more visible after the Taliban fell…