Our writers have a reputation for using this platform as a venue to rant and rave about the injustices around us, and do so with great pleasure. As a blogger I have written about such subjects as sex toys, my disappointment with my elected leaders, my experience leaving the Mormon faith, and on more than one occasion my outrage at the sexism I see around me. I have often unburdened myself by taking to my computer to publicly express my frustrations.
Because of the ease with which we are able to express ourselves it is no wonder that we take this liberty for granted.
But the truth is that as Americans, we are lucky. Most Afghan women do not have the freedom to express themselves by writing, much less in public. Either because of fear of violence, illiteracy, poverty, or harassment, women living in Afghanistan have very few outlets for self-expression. [Read more...]