Women Who Know Their Place

I don’t know who originally wrote this piece, but it was forwarded to me today by my friend Cindy.  It may not be my writing, but I wholeheartedly agree:

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 to, and are 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.’

Moral of the story is (no matter what language you speak or where you go ):


7 Responses to “Women Who Know Their Place”

  1. 1 paula May 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    perfect! Love it!

  2. 3 les May 23, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I had to share! I thought it was pretty funny.

  3. 4 robinaltman May 23, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    That was just awesome! Got to love it!

  4. 6 Dawn May 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I love friends that share truisms like this. I just received this little story in an email from an old friend. WARNING, you will not think of certain veggies the same way!

    A woman’s garden is growing beautifully but the darn tomatoes won’t ripen. There’s a limit to the number of uses for green tomatoes and she’s getting tired of it. So she goes to her neighbor and says, “Your tomatoes are ripe, mine are green. What can I do about it?”  Her neighbor replies, “Well, it may sound absurd but here’s what to do. Tonight there’s no moon. After dark go out into your garden and take all your clothes off.  Tomatoes can see in the dark and they’ll be embarrassed and blush. In the morning they’ll all be red, you’ll see.”  Well, what the heck? She does it. The next day her neighbor asks how it worked. “So-so,” she answers,  “The tomatoes are still green but the cucumbers are all four inches longer.”

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