This made me want to throw up.
In a country where women are hidden behind the burqa, young boys take their place, dancing for men as female substitutes. The boys are owned, often entrapped in a cycle of sexual slavery, and even murdered. It’s a practice that the Afghan government are aware about, but no one wants to talk about.
Bacha bazi and owning boys for dancing or sex, is not stigmatized or shamed for the men involved. Owning a dancing boy has become a badge of honor in a society where access to women is severely restricted, but where young boys are easily accessible.
I digress, but I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that in a matriarchal society, I highly doubt this disgusting spectacle of humanity would exist. But that would be sexist and presumptuous.