Research Post 5-The beginning of the “Bacha posh” research

The author Jenny Nordberg in addition to having her novel widely acclaimed and published has created this website to hear all those untold stories that are currently going on.

This website allows people to explore the different ways in which women are struggling to gain freedom and rights in a country that makes it a crime to be a woman.

The book that Jenny Nordberg has written is not only a case by case analysis but its insight into what it means to be a woman in Afghanistan and what it means for her as a researcher to be a western woman in Afghanistan. Furthermore, the way in which her research was conducted involved interviews of women who have raised their daughters as their sons because they have had little to no choice as they have only bore daughters. The shame that these women have experienced in only having girls has then contributed to the rise of the bacha posh.

This website has articles and interviews that the author has done based on her experience of research done in Afghanistan. Furthermore, it was a book based on a phenomena that many did not want to talk about. The way in which this research was conducted through rumors and dangerous meetings is a type of methodology that is rare and unique.

Discovering the stories of these women as told through this website is based in part about their transitions between genders. As they (the bacha posh) have matured in a society knowing the truths and freedoms that men have, as they once were raised as a Bacha or boy is an integral part of Nordberg’s argument. The focus in addition to the phenomena of raising girls as boys is the lasting effects that these girls or women have once they are forced to change back into women. Living life as the other half, under a veil and under scrutiny after being a free man for so long is too much for some. As a result, the website and parts of focus for Nordberg is the transition of girls to boys and back to girls again, and a look at those who never transition back.

The Underground Girls of Kabul

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