Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys

Jenny Nordberg has an article at The Atlantic that reveals a little known aspect of Afghan culture. The term bacha posh translates from Dari to English as "dressed like a boy". The practice is found in families that have only girls and no boys. A daughter is picked to satisfy the family's need for a son who could generate income, receive an education, and provide other social needs. This is an accepted and non-controversial practice as long as the "boy" is turned back into a women before puberty in time to marry and have children. Read more about this cultural practice in "The Afghan Girls Who Live as Boys", The Atlantic, September 8, 2014 at this link.

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