Male TV Presenters Wear Masks in Protest of New Taliban Restrictions on Female Presenters

    Photo: EPA [via The Guardian]

    The Facts

    • In a protest dubbed #FreeHerFace on social media, male TV presenters in Afghanistan are wearing face masks on air in a show of solidarity after the Taliban ordered that all women on news channels must cover their faces.

    • Afghanistan's Taliban government began enforcing the order on Sunday.

    The Spin

    Republican narrative

    The current attacks on women's rights in Afghanistan are a direct result of the Biden administration's decision to withdraw from the country. His administration may pontificate about women's rights, but it has no way of enforcing them without troops on the ground.

    Democratic narrative

    While US involvement in Afghanistan saw significant gains for women's rights, the fact that Afghan security forces collapsed so quickly following its withdrawal indicates that the yields weren't sustainable without indefinite US presence, which itself wasn't sustainable or realistic.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 25% chance that the US will recognize the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan before 2030, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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