The Underground Girls of Kabul : The Hidden Lives of Afghan Girls Disguised as Boys Paperback
An Afghan woman's life expectancy is just 44 years, and her life cycle often begins and ends in disappointment: being born a girl and finally, having a daughter of her own.
For some, disguising themselves as boys is the only way to get ahead. Nordberg follows women such as Azita Rafaat, a parliamentarian who once lived as a Bacha Posh, the mother of seven-year-old Mehran, who she is raising as a Bacha Posh as well, but for different reasons than in the past. There's Zahra, a teenage student living as a boy who is about to display signs of womanhood as she enters puberty. And Skukria, a hospital nurse who remained in a Bacha Posh disguise until she was twenty, and who now has three children of her own.
Exploring the historical roots of this tradition, The Underground Girls of Kabul is a fascinating and moving investigation.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages, Section: 8, b/w photos
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 30/09/2014
- Category: Gender studies, gender groups
- ISBN: 9781844087747