In Afghanistan, gender roles are reversed when girls often masquerade as boys

Posted on September 21, 2010 by

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Afghan families have many reasons for pretending their girls are boys, including economic need, social pressure to have sons, and in some cases, a superstition that doing so can lead to the birth of a real boy. Lacking a son, the parents decide to make one up, usually by cutting the hair of a daughter and dressing her in typical Afghan men’s clothing.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/21/world/asia/21gender.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

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