[Raping boys] is rampant among the pro-government commanders who dominate many rural areas of northern Afghanistan and run militias that at times team with American-led forces.The suggestion here is that this practice is a rural one and, I think by implication, that rurality is place that lacks the civilizing influence of the city. Does this mean that boys are not raped in this way in Kabul? or that they are raped there only when the rural, pro-government commanders come to town? In any event, I wonder about the work that the word "rural" does in this sentence and in this story. I can't help think of the famous male-on-male rape in the movie "Deliverance."
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Is Afghan rape of boys a rural phenomenon?
The Afghan practice or "tradition" of raping boys has been very much in the news the past few days. This line in a New York Times story on the topic caught my attention because of its mention of rurality: