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Girls Living the Part of Boys
related link: Mehran Rafaat, 6, left, and her twin sisters, Benafsha, center and Beheshta, near their home in Badghis Province, Afghanistan.

There are no statistics about how many Afghan girls masquerade as boys. But when asked, Afghans of several generations can often tell a story of a female relative, friend, neighbor or co-worker who grew up disguised as a boy. To those who know, these children are often referred to as neither “daughter” nor “son” in conversation, but as “bacha posh,” which literally means “dressed up as a boy” in Dari.
CalGal -- Wednesday, September 22, 2010 -- 04:39:02 AM -- 1369 of 1655

Comments

kim kay:

An absolutely fascinating article. The girls aren't doing it for safety reasons, as I would have suspected, but for social status for the family and to have someone who can get out and do shopping, work and errands the females in the family cannot.

September 22, 2010, 05:42:01 PM
abdabs:

Completely screws with the underlying cultural premise that girls are irredeemably inferior, if all it takes is a change of clothes and name to be granted all the respect and privileges of being male. Fascinating article - thanks for putting it up, Cal.

September 23, 2010, 01:25:14 AM
TAFKA:

Hm, wonder what would happen if more and more families started doing that?

September 25, 2010, 02:41:06 AM
kim kay:

I actually brought this article out as a discussion with my daughter who has no concept of gender issues. (I mean she is only almost 8 but it adds a dimension to life....)

September 25, 2010, 06:07:41 PM



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