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  1. The Burqa, one of the Taliban rules
  2. Severe restrictions on travel
  3. Higher rates of disease and a lower life expectancy
  4. "The Kite Runner" by Khaled Hosseini

Living in the United States it is often easy to take for granted many of the liberties that we hold so dear and which were gotten so long ago. However, when thinking about equality, we must remember that great strides have been made to accommodate different people, but at often times people forget that such things as women's rights were at one time not considered universal until legislation in the 20th century gave women in the U.S. the right to vote.

[...] It woman] is not supposed to be taken out of the house to be smelled." With such a negative, backwards view, it is easy to feel the pain and sympathize with all the women that have to unjustly suffer. While The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini does not deal directly with the issue of women in Afghanistan, some of the traditions and restrictions imposed by the Taliban are prevalent throughout the book. The idea of restricting women and preventing them from acting on their own initiative for love, education, or anything else is looked down upon. [...]


[...] It is interesting that there is a homosexual theme throughout Kite Runner, and much of this is probably the result of there being no women for men to choose from. Even men with no homosexual feelings would become homosexual simply because they were so restricted from seeing women and were not able to express their sexual desires otherwise. Life for women under the Taliban is impossible to imagine for a person living in the U.S. The oppression and constant abuse that women suffered is beyond inhumane and is a major step backwards for civilization as a whole. [...]


[...] For example, Soraya, an intelligent and ambitious woman who wants to be a teacher, is looked down upon by her social circle because she ran away with her boyfriend. As a result of this, she is not longer fir for marriage, which seems absurd, considering that she is no longer living in Afghanistan under such restrictions and lives in the U.S. in freedom. Throughout other instances in the novel, we see other situations in which women are treated very harshly. Most of this takes place in Afghanistan, not in the U.S., but remnants of Taliban ideologies are prevalent throughout those already living in the U.S. [...]

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