Jan 17, 2008

The Beauty Academy of Kabul by Liz Mermin

The Beauty Academy of Kabul (website)
"A group of American woman hairdressers head to Afghanistan to open the country's first post-Taliban beauty school."

The part that really struck me:
When two of the American hairdressers ask an Afghani woman who trains at the beauty school if she thinks women in her country will ever be in a position of power, her answer is no. No, because that means that first the law needs to be changed so as to allow women to be in such position, which she says isn't going to happen as long as men will be in power. The two American women stayed so quiet long after one might expect a response, that the Afghani women asked the translator if she had said something wrong.

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