Is reporting war more perilous for women? It is always hazardous for women to work in places where they are not usually seen in public, and often men are angered to see a female reporter, particularly if she is not veiled (as Logan was not).
The Middle East and Afghanistan are not easy places for women to work, but no war zone is. Try sleeping in a tent with 20 soldiers, or being the only woman embedded in a camp with them.
Afghanistan, shortly after the fall of the Taliban, was a nightmare for women reporters. The Northern Alliance soldiers we were travelling with in the autumn of 2001 had not seen a woman’s face unveiled for years and, even though we wore headscarves, they would stare at us repeatedly. One told me: “There are two kinds of women. Good ones who stay at home and cover their faces and bad ones who show theirs. With those women, we assume: Tonight you are mine.”
I watched this treatment of women for two months until one morning, in Tora Bora, fed up with being groped, I slugged a soldier. Everyone was shocked because he was carrying a rifle, but I had simply lost it. I had had enough.