Oppression of women, and of boys, in Afghanistan

This article describes a depressing phenomenon amongst the Pashtun in Afghanistan: Women are viewed as either so inaccessible, or so unclean (it seems to vary) that they cease to be viable objects of sexual desire for many men. The men turn instead to boys, many so young that real consent isn’t possible. And this all seems to be widely accepted in the culture. You might think there’s a bright spot to this: surely it constitutes acceptance of homosexuality. But you’d be wrong: homosexuality is still vilified, but defined in such a way that men having sex with boys doesn’t count.

A nice illustration of the ways that various oppressions can interconnect, and help to sustain each other, sometimes in surprising (if depressing) ways. (Thanks, Jender-Parents!)