Book Review: 'My Forbidden Face: Growing up Under the Taliban'

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In the book, "My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban: A Young Woman's Story," Latifa explains how her oppressed society made her take stand against them by reaching for freedom. When her society became oppressed, she was force to live her life as a prisoner, which included covering up her face with a hijab. In some Islamic countries, the hijab is forced on women due to religious beliefs and the state believes that women will be protected from sexual harassment and rape if they wear it. With that, if they do not wear it, the state believes that they will be subjected to being violated by men. "The civilization of the bulk of the people is very partial; nay, it may be made a question, whether they have acquired any virtues in exchange for innocence, equivalent to the misery produced by the vices that have been plastered over unsightly ignorance, and the freedom which has been bartered for splendid slavery." (A vindication of the rights of woman). However, Latifa overcame this society by teaching private classes to other women in her own home. This eventually led her and her family to escape to Europe where she was able to write her first book. Her oppressed society made her take a stand against it in order to follow her dreams of becoming a journalist/writer. As her and her mother helped to get women a well rounded education, they were putting one another at risk for death or torture as it can be seen from the following quote, which indicates this oppressed society

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