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    Barbara Walters, of 20/20, did a story on gender roles in Kabul, Afghanistan, several years before the Afghan conflict. She noted that women customarily walked five paces behind their husbands.

    She recently returned to Kabul and observed that women still walk behind their husbands. Despite the overthrow of the oppressive Taliban regime, the women now seem happy to maintain the old custom.

    Ms. Walters approached one of the Afghani women and asked,

    "Why do you now seem happy with an old custom that you once tried so desperately to change?" The woman looked Ms. Walters straight in the eyes, and without hesitation said,........"Land mines."
    I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

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    Re: Smart Women In Afghanistan.........

    Cute. Very cute.

    On the minimal serious side, they do go by custom rather well. Often how they do things is due to having a very good reason. For starters, when everyone kneels down to pray, the women stay behind the men. When asked why, one would respond, "Because they would get distracted by a woman's beauty." Course, this is a very subtle way of saying they do not want anyone looking up their dresses if they were up front! The other is like the post mentioned, women typically stay about 5 feet behind a man, otherwise, women whom walk alone often get occostled, hit on, and otherwise annoyed by single men whom believe she too is available. So, when a woman is behind her man, it is generally understood she is a "no fly zone" for others. The things they do isn't bad, abusive, submissive, it's just how they do things.