Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Afghanistan Lives in the Dark Ages

I don't know if you guys are aware of the new Afghan marriage laws that forbid an Afghan woman to refuse sex with her husband every four days. He has the right to demand instant satisfaction to his sexual desires because these woman are "illiterate, making it difficult for them to provide financial support to the family". As per one of the top Afghan clerics, women and men are not of equal status in Afghanistan, and because men there bring home all the goodies to feed/support the family, he is automatically declared this right. Not to mention, when these poor women decide to stand up for their rights, they are pelted with rocks. RIDICULOUS-NESS-NESS. So in defense, or rather, attempting to find a possible loophole, if I were to bring a husband to Afghanistan, but I am the breadwinner, I would have the right to demand sex every four days? And why four days? Where is the logic and justification to this law? Did the government even proof their laws before passing them because something like this completely undermines their credibility, not that they had much to begin with. I thought they'd like to keep a down-low profile, you know, from after 9-11. I guess not.

I have a strong inkling suspicion that the whole cabinet responsible for passing this law is made up of some of the worlds biggest nincompoops. I'm not surprised that they are the recipient of excessive international backlash for one of the most controversial laws ever passed. But it appears that this government is making no note of it. Come on, stop it with the sexism already and to blame it on the fact that women are illiterate is a really poor excuse. If we search a bit deeper, my educated guess is that these women are not even given the opportunity to go to school (probably told that their purpose in life is to satisfy their husbands' needs every four days...)

I think this law definitely beats the law from Korea in terms of being the most ridiculous law passed. In Korea, individuals who cheat on their married counterparts can be sentenced to prision for a period of time. Seriously?!! If they ever pass laws like those here, I am moving to Texas where women can at least defend themselves with weapons.

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