Yet, Amanda Marcotte -- who is an excellent commentator on many issues -- pointed out in an article published the other day that many people here in America are actively working to force raped women to bear the child of their rapist. In both instances, women are being treated worse than some criminals. Moreover, I think Marcotte is right to say that the problem in both American and Afghanistan is fundamentalism:
Our fundamentalists at home wouldn’t force you to marry your rapist, of course. No, they just want to force you to have children with him. Same song, different note: fundies around the world working hard to make sure that once a rapists chooses you to rape, he owns you forever.Of course, some folks will insist there's a vast difference between being forced to bear your rapist's child and being pressured to marry your rapist. And I suppose on some level they have a point. Nevertheless, both of those practices are barbaric.
We may be more inclined to see the barbarism of being pressured to marry your rapist than to see the barbarism of being forced to bear his child, but that's only because one barbarism is more familiar to us. And when a barbaric practice is familiar, it ceases to seem barbaric.
(H/T: Ahab at Republic of Gilead)