raped Afghan has to marry rapist to get outta jail Dec 2, 2011 16:34:12 GMT -5
Post by brendanrizzo on Dec 2, 2011 16:34:12 GMT -5
You are still misunderstanding the argument. I suspect it is due to your nationalism, but I could be wrong about why. And it might not follow that this actually is a reduction in harm and may be more damaging or a lateral move, but again, it helps to actually understand the argument.
Also, it's not hypocritical to support a move that approaches equality, even if it is still most definitely not egalitarian. As I said before, it depends on if this actually is less bad than imprisoning rape victims. It's unreasonable to assume a culture will jump from imprisoning women who have been raped because it means they had extramarital sex to promoting full participation of women. If that is what you expect to happen, you're nothing more than a fanatic and a dipshit.
And I don't think that you understand what I believe. I'm not a nationalist who believes that America can do no wrong. In fact, certain Americans have produced more rage in me than anyone from elsewhere. What I am opposing is the fact that the negative reaction to American fundies always goes above and beyond the negative reaction towards any other First World country.
And as for the Afghanistan thing, we have no proof that this is gonna lead towards more equality. In that society, women have had to marry their rapists for thousands of years and, predictably, they are still treated as second- or even third-class citizens. (Men in that part of the word treat their livestock better than they treat their wives, for fuck's sake.) What the EU should have done was demand with the full might of America's military on its side (since we are technically still at war with Afghanistan) that the woman be released from prison without being forced to marry anyone and without being shunned for the rest of her life, and for those leaders who imprisoned her to be tried by international court. (Think Nuremberg, or what happened to Milosevic.) Have you noticed that no social progress has ever been made in the countries between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan? Gee, I wonder why... it's because we let them get away with their bullshit.