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[Kandahar, April 15. Image via Getty.]

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN - APRIL 15: Afghan women learn how to make a doll at a workshop sponsored by a Malaysian NGO called Mercy that seeks to help local females to empower themselves on April 15, 2010 in Kandahar, Afghanistan. 80 women participate in every workshop despite rising tensions between an increasing Taliban presence in the city and the extensive NATO presence. Kandahar was rocked by two large suicide bombings on Thursday which killed three Afghan soldiers and wounded 26 others. NATO is becoming an increasing presence in the city as they prepare for an offensive against the Tailban in the summer. (Photo Majid Saeedi/Getty Images)


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Jane, you ignorant slut.

I wish there was more analysis of ways to improve lives of women in Afghanistan. I donate to CARE and Catholic Relief Services, since both help educate women and provide microloans and training for startup businesses. I just wish there was more I could do. How do you help to change such a restrictive, patriarchal society that is afraid of outsiders to begin with? Should we even attempt to help change such societies, or does that reek of cultural imperialism? Or is the cultural imperialism less morally reprehensible than turning a blind eye to the suffering that many (by no means all) women go through due to lack of health care, lack of options for divorce, lack of education, lack of opportunity outside the home, the danger women face if they do try to live independent lives?

I don't know, I feel like there are no good answers.