I am a feminist because as a man it is painful to see society devalue my mother, my wife, my daughters, and my female friends. I am a feminist because patriarchal rules limit and dehumanize men too, replacing genuine human emotions with violence and anger.
I was once married to a westernized Afghan man whom I had dated for two years at college. I was only 18 when we first met. I blithely followed him to Kabul where I suddenly found myself held captive in a polygamous family for five long months.