The Trouble with Girls (and How to Get Into It)
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The Trouble with Girls (and How to Get Into It)
There's a long tradition in Afghanistan of families with no sons choosing to bring up one of their daughters as a boy. For the girls this means growing up dressed in boy's clothes, answering to a boy's name and being allowed the freedoms and priviledges Afghan boys enjoy both within the family and outside. Girls can live like this until they are young adults, at which moment they are suddenly expected to revert to being girls, put on a dress and a scarf and conform to all the restrictions and rules imposed on Afghan girls. For many young women it's very hard to adjust to their… More

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