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Sorry I haven't been very active lately due to an extremely heavy workload.

This is a follow-up to This Photo.

During my last update regarding this subjet we had an interesting debate regarding cultural differences and perceptions.

I agree it is hard for me as a westerner to know how female muslim society works as I have no access to it. I can only limit myself to observations and guesses which may or may not be accurate.

It is true that for us westerners, the idea of seeing women covered from head to toe with a black cloak is almost a synonym of oppresion. Then we have to ask ourselves: is this cultural pressure? is this a choice? is it both?

Personally I have a hard time understanding how someone who cannot even show her face in public can play an active role in public life, but clothing its only the beginning of the issue. Yemen has a very high level of teenage marriages and one of the highest rates of female fertility in the world coupled by a very low level of education for women.

I will not pretend that I understand fully what is going on beneath the surface, and I know that it is not up to us westerners to push change, but that social change should come from within a society, however I do think that women are somewhat oppresed there and to me the black ghosts are a symbol of it.

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