Last night I was at a party at Shannon Wheeler’s and Matt Bors brought over this burqua from Afghanistan where he was on a cartooning journalism junket. Matt is a Village Voice contributor and his stuff on Afghanistan is pretty fascinating — check it out on his blog here. He (and Shannon) can also be seen in the Voodoo Doughnut eating contest in the upcoming Body Show Benefit on Nov. 3rd. I’m the height of modesty here in my high heels holding one of Shannon and Rani’s baby chicks, looking through the little holes of the mesh guarding my face from the camera. Matt said that in Afghanistan, women don’t go out without burquas because if you went out dressed the way I was, in a little librarian wrap dress with moderate cleavage, or even with a knee-length skirt and neck-covering button-up shirt, you’d likely be attacked.