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

The Underground Girls of Kabul is a well-developed, well-researched tale of the plight of being born female in Afghanistan.  One can easily surmise that such a thing is negative, difficult and painful.  And, it is.  However, Nordberg goes even further than our initial conceptions.  Way further

Most probably know that Afghanistan is backwards in many ways and that the men lord over the women, sometimes, without a micron of empathy.  Most know that the law in this country is based on old, tribal concepts.  What others may not know is that is that being born female is a scourge. 

Book Review: The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan
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This is significant because the woman who bears that child will probably be cut off from society, her people, her family and so much more.  This is critical as most families depend upon these relationships for employment, for buying real property and for daily necessities.  This stigma is even worse, if that's possible, for the woman who has never given birth to a male.  She is seen as week, inconsequential and nothing.

To thwart the enigma, some families disguise their daughters as sons, which is mostly okay until she grows up (there is an example in the book of one such "son" who was outed and the painful sequence of events which followed).  However, we cannot help but ponder the psychological possibilities and consequences of these "sons" once they mature.  Then what?

Can you just imagine the identity crises?

This is what we were wanting from the Underground Girls of Kabul.  We wanted to know how these girls cope with the situation of having been raised as the other sex.  We do not fault Nordberg.  She's done an outstanding job as it is.

Author: Jenny Nordberg
File Size: 4570 KB
Print Length: 353 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books (September 16, 2014)
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Sold by: Random House LLC
Language: English

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