Last semester, I took a 100 level Anthropology class, which was utterly fascinating. There was so much to learn; for instance, did you know that the concept of race is mostly an American social construct? We often mean ethnicity instead. Although I did feel a few steps ahead of the curve when we looked at gender and sexuality, being an ace who often has to try and teach people that asexuality is real and doubting it will rarely endear you to the one you are talking to. But with that class under my belt, I feel much better equipped to take on these two books that look at the female experience in India and in Muslim countries.