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The Underground Girls of Kabul - In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan

Jenny Nordberg

An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as "dressed up like a boy") is a third kind of child - a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom. The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents' attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults. At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America's longest war. Divided into four parts, the book follows those born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth. The Underground Girls of Kabul charts their dramatic life cycles, while examining our own history and the parallels to subversive actions of people who live under oppression everywhere.

An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as "dressed up like a boy") is a third kind of child - a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom. The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents' attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults. At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America's longest war. Divided into four parts, the book follows those born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth. The Underground Girls of Kabul charts their dramatic life cycles, while examining our own history and the parallels to subversive actions of people who live under oppression everywhere.
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An investigative journalist uncovers a hidden custom that will transform your understanding of what it means to grow up as a girl In Afghanistan, a culture ruled almost entirely by men, the birth of a son is cause for celebration and the arrival of a daughter is often mourned as misfortune. A bacha posh (literally translated from Dari as "dressed up like a boy") is a third kind of child - a girl temporarily raised as a boy and presented as such to the outside world. Jenny Nordberg, the reporter who broke the story of this phenomenon for the New York Times, constructs a powerful and moving account of those secretly living on the other side of a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom. The Underground Girls of Kabul is anchored by vivid characters who bring this remarkable story to life: Azita, a female parliamentarian who sees no other choice but to turn her fourth daughter Mehran into a boy; Zahra, the tomboy teenager who struggles with puberty and refuses her parents' attempts to turn her back into a girl; Shukria, now a married mother of three after living for twenty years as a man; and Nader, who prays with Shahed, the undercover female police officer, as they both remain in male disguise as adults. At the heart of this emotional narrative is a new perspective on the extreme sacrifices of Afghan women and girls against the violent backdrop of America's longest war. Divided into four parts, the book follows those born as the unwanted sex in Afghanistan, but who live as the socially favored gender through childhood and puberty, only to later be forced into marriage and childbirth. The Underground Girls of Kabul charts their dramatic life cycles, while examining our own history and the parallels to subversive actions of people who live under oppression everywhere.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kirsten Potter

Length:

10h 56m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

06:28


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

20:04


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

21:20


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

26:01


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

25:24


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

29:42


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

23:04


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

41:52


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

47:51


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

30:16


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

22:45


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

24:48


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

21:36


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

42:04


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

25:10


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

19:27


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

28:47


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

21:34


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

17:54


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

39:31


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

16:10


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

29:16


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

55:52


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

19:26


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

00:30